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MoH makes preparations to limit MERS-CoV

Released at: 13:55, 09/06/2015

MoH makes preparations to limit MERS-CoV

Ministry of Health holds meeting to discuss measures taken to address any danger MERS-CoV may present to Vietnam.

by Son Ho

Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien has hosted a meeting on MERS-CoV attended by representatives from different ministries, departments, and organizations as well as the media, for all to hear what measure are being taken to prevent the virus from entering Vietnam.

Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, Head of the Department of Medical Examination and Treatment, said that the Department has been coordinating with the General Department of Preventive Medicine to conduct clinical monitoring and the prevention of bacterial infections in hospitals.

Representatives from the Ministry of Public Security and the Department of Military Health under the Ministry of Defense have begun monitoring people at border gates.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, meanwhile, has issued information on the virus and made certain travel recommendations.

The Ministry of Transport has directed units in its health sector to strengthen the preparation of drugs and related equipment.

Labor exporters have been directed by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs to spread information provided by the Ministry of Health and to remain aware of the situation facing workers living in infected areas. The Ministry is also actively monitoring workers who have recently returned from South Korea.

The country’s tourism sector has been advised not to organize tours to infected countries. It regularly provides up-to-date information and makes recommendations to tourists, as directed by the Ministry of Health.

The Center for International Health Quarantine has implemented surveillance measures at airports, monitoring arrivals by using health declaration forms and taking temperature tests. It has printed more than 30,000 health declaration forms in three languages, for new arrivals to the country to complete.

A MERS-CoV steering committee will hold meetings once a week for the time being and regularly exchange information. Minister Tien hopes that the cooperation between different ministries, departments and organizations and the media will prevent MERS-CoV from entering Vietnam. If the virus does enter the country it will be detected and limited as soon as possible.

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