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Việt Nam steps up response to unexplained acute hepatitis in children

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Cases of unknown severe acute hepatitis have occurred in areas where adenovirus is reported. — Photo suckhoedoisong.vn

HÀ NỘI — Ministries, agencies and localities have been ordered to provide a response plan to acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children, following warnings from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In a document sent from the Government Office on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam requested the Ministry of Health to exchange and update information with WHO about the disease to proactively have a response plan, prepare human resources, medical materials and equipment for disease prevention and treatment.

The ministry was assigned to direct the inspection, monitoring, and guidance of disease prevention and control. It shall promptly report to the Prime Minister when the disease has complicated developments.

The Ministry of Information and Communications shall assume the prime responsibility for, and coordinate with the health ministry in providing information on the disease and prevention and control measures.

People’s committees of provinces and centrally-governed cities, especially border provinces with international border gates, were asked to strengthen supervision at border gates, airports and seaports to detect suspected cases and promptly report to the health authority for appropriate guidance and management.

According to information from WHO and the European Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control (ECDC), the exact cause of acute hepatitis in children is not known and investigations are ongoing. However, cases have occurred in areas where adenovirus is reported.

Doctor Nguyễn Phạm Anh Hoa, head of the Hepatology Department under National Children’s Hospital, told Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper that adenovirus was detected in about 30 per cent of cases in the world. In the US, as of May 6, this strain was positive in 61 per cent of children suffering from the disease.

“Although adenovirus is quite common in sick children, it cannot be confirmed that this virus is the cause of acute hepatitis in children.”

Hoa said that adenovirus was not a new virus, as it was discovered in 1953 and has 57 types with seven species.

It was also the strain that causes eye pain, pneumonia, flu and diarrhoea, she said, adding that it was also one of the causes of respiratory infections in adults and gastrointestinal damage in children.

Although the hypothesis that the cause of the disease-linked adenovirus has not been scientifically confirmed, the recognition of the presence of adenovirus in some pediatric patients with acute hepatitis of unknown aetiology needs to be continued to be monitored and studied in the future, she said.

The number of worldwide cases now stands at 450, according to a May 11 report from the ECDC — nearly double the 228 cases the WHO reported last week.

The ECDC, a European Union agency, stated in its update Wednesday that roughly 105 cases have been identified in 13 European Union countries as of May 10. Italy has the most cases of EU countries, with 35, followed by Spain’s 22. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1191224/viet-nam-steps-up-response-to-unexplained-acute-hepatitis-in-children.html

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1,319 new COVID-19 transmissions reported on Sunday

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A boy is vaccinated against COVID-19 in Hà Nội. — VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam reported 1,319 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, bringing the national total to 10,708,887.

Hà Nội again topped the list of new transmissions with 347, followed by the northern province of Bắc Ninh with 138.

The other areas that recorded infections were Vĩnh Phúc (90), Nghệ An (82), Yên Bái (61), Quảng Ninh (58), Tuyên Quang (51), Phú Thọ (50), Hải Dương (40), Thái Nguyên (39), Thái Bình (35), Đà Nẵng (33), Lào Cai (32), Nam Định (21), Hà Tĩnh (19), Quảng Bình (19), Lâm Đồng (19), Bắc Kạn (17), Cao Bằng (17), Hải Phòng (17), Hưng Yên (16), Hà Nam (13), Thanh Hóa (12), HCM City (12), Lạng Sơn (10), Hòa Bình (10), Sơn La (10), Bình Phước (7), Hà Giang (6), Quảng Trị (6), Bình Định (6), Gia Lai (5), Ninh Bình (4), Bến Tre (3), Bình Thuận (3), Bắc Giang (3), Lai Châu (2), Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu (2), Bình Dương (1), Thừa Thiên-Huế (1), Cần Thơ (1) and Hậu Giang (1).

There were no COVID-related deaths on Sunday. The total death toll so far in Việt Nam is 43,075. 

8,945 recoveries were recorded, bringing the total number given the all-clear to 9,402,046 so far. 

There are 211 COVID patients nationwide currently receiving oxygen support, including two on life support.

A total of 36,346 vaccine doses were administered on Sunday. Việt Nam has so far administered more than 219 million doses of COVID vaccines —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1194107/1319-new-covid-19-transmissions-reported-on-sunday.html

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Việt Nam reports 1,319 new cases on Sunday

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Việt Nam reports 1,319 new cases on Sunday, all local. The cases are in Hà Nội (347), Bắc Ninh (138), Vĩnh Phúc (90), Nghệ An (82), Yên Bái (61), Quảng Ninh (58), Tuyên Quang (51), Phú Thọ (50), Hải Dương (40), Thái Nguyên (39), Thái Bình (35), Đà Nẵng (33), Lào Cai (32), Nam Định (21), Hà Tĩnh (19), Quảng Bình (19), Lâm Đồng (19), Bắc Kạn (17), Cao Bằng (17), Hải Phòng (17), Hưng Yên (16), Hà Nam (13), Thanh Hóa (12), Hồ Chí Minh (12), Lạng Sơn (10), Hòa Bình (10), Sơn La (10), Bình Phước (7), Hà Giang (6), Quảng Trị (6), Bình Định (6), Gia Lai (5), Ninh Bình (4), Bến Tre (3), Bình Thuận (3), Bắc Giang (3), Lai Châu (2), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (2), Bình Dương (1), Thừa Thiên Huế (1), Cần Thơ (1), Hậu Giang (1).

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Gia Lai should be driving force of Central Highlands by 2030: PM

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Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính meets with top officials of the Party Committee of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai on Sunday. — VNA/ Photo Văn Điệp

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính on Sunday met with leaders of Gia Lai to review the Central Highlands province’s socio-economic development in 2021 and plans for the future.

The meeting took place in Pleiku City, with Government leaders and Gia Lai’s top officials.

The officials reported on the province’s past development and proposed new projects to be approved by the Prime Minister.

Reviewing Gia Lai’s achievements and challenges in 2021, Hồ Văn Niên, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, said they were able to reach the “dual goal” of keeping up economic growth while dealing with COVID-19.

This was illustrated in its Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) increasing by 9.71 per cent compared to 2020, he said. The production value of agriculture, forestry and fishery reached VNĐ49.60 trillion (US$2.14 billion), up 13.99 per cent from 2020.

The province’s competitiveness index (PCI) in 2021 ranked second in the Central Highlands region and 26th nationwide, up 12 places compared to 2020, Nên added.

Its cultural values were preserved and promoted, and the healthcare and education systems were improved for the benefit of the people, especially those living in distant and remote areas.

The official also addressed some development projects that the province would like to carry out in the future. They include the construction of the Peiku–Quy Nhơn Expressway, the Ia Mơ irrigation system, as well as measures to attract official development aid for some other traffic and irrigation projects.

Pleiku City, the capital of Gia Lai Province. The Central Highlands province has a strategic geographical position in the Việt Nam–Laos–Cambodia development triangle area. — VNA/ Photo Phan Nguyên

Speaking at the meeting, PM Chính highlighted the advantages of Gia Lai’s geological location, which is a mountainous province, bordering Cambodia on the west. This is a strategic position in terms of economy, defence and security, the centre of the Việt Nam–Laos–Cambodia Development Triangle Area, he said.

Gia Lai is the second largest province in the country by nature, has a long tradition, rich history, and is full of patriotic residents, the PM added.

“This is a valuable heritage, a fundamental resource for Gia Lai to develop rapidly and sustainably,” he said.

The Government leader applauded the province’s achievements in 2021, but also addressed the challenges it needs to overcome. They include slow disbursements of public investment capital; poor land, mineral resources and forest management; and limited control of social order and safety in some areas. 

He asked Gia Lai to continue to abide by the Resolution of the 13th Party Congress and Resolution of the provincial Party Congress, take advantage of its potential and resources, and strive to become a driving force in the Central Highlands region by 2030.

He also asked the province to focus on implementing the National Assembly’s and Government’s resolutions on COVID-19 prevention and control, and socio-economic recovery and development.

It also needs to accelerate economic restructuring in association with transforming growth models, applying science and technology, promoting innovation, and improving labour productivity, the PM said.

Gia Lai must also be determined to improve the business and investment environment, he stressed, by continuing to upgrade the indicators of administrative reform and competitiveness, promoting digital transformation, and developing quality human resources.

He added that the province needs to strengthen its defence and security capabilities, maintain political security, social order and safety, as well as being proactive in international integration, and improve its relationships with provinces in southern Laos and northeast Cambodia.

The PM gave his approval to the province’s plans for more development projects and asked different sectors to collaborate with Gia Lai authorities to implement them.

“I suggest Gia Lai be more confident and more self-reliant, keep promoting their internal strengths, choose the right things to do, and finish what they start, for a rapid and sustainable development,” he said. 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1194063/gia-lai-should-be-driving-force-of-central-highlands-by-2030-pm.html

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