Representatives of Health officials from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam last week met in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, Vietnam to share experiences in fighting infectious diseases, especially avian flu.
Highlighting the complex developments of infectious diseases in the region and the world at large, participants said comprehensive cooperation between countries sharing borders is decisive in preventing the spread of infectious diseases and helping ensure health security between nations as well as public health.
Dang Quang Tan, deputy head of the Preventive Medicine Department under the Vietnamese Health Ministry, said Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia have carried out a project on curbing infectious diseases funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), adding that the workshop forms part of the project.
Lysovann, from the Cambodian Health Ministry said the three countries have conducted a range of exchanges and exercises to share information and increase public health.
After hearing about a recent outbreak of H5N1 in Svay Rieng in Cambodia’s south-eastern region, he reported that the local health sector had promptly zoned off the area to contain the infection and prevent it from spreading.
Cambodia appreciates the support and cooperation of Vietnamese agencies through the sharing of experience, information and professional skills, he noted, stressing that the three countries will continue to join forces in controlling infectious diseases and improving public health.
According to the Vietnamese Health Ministry, the incidence of dengue fever, malaria and hand-foot-and-mouth disease decreased in early 2017 with no deaths reported.
The number of fatalities caused by rabies reduced by 34 percent this year in comparison with the previous year. Six outbreaks of A/H5N1 were recorded among poultry, however no human cases were reported over the past year.
Source: Lao News Agency