Additional 670 billion VND provided for nine provinces hit by storms, floods

The money will be used to assist search and rescue missions; families which report their members dead or missing or their houses damaged; evacuate locals; support agricultural production; and repair infrastructure.

More support sent to disaster victims in central region. 

Prime Minister has decided to provide additional 670 billion VND (29 million USD) from the central budget reserves for nine central and Central Highlands provinces to address consequences of recent storms and floods, reported VNA.

Accordingly, Quang Ngai province will receive 150 billion VND, Quang Nam 130 billion VND, Binh Dinh and Quang Tri 70 billion VND each, and Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Thua Thien-Hue and Kon Tum 50 billion VND each.

The Vietnam Red Cross Society Central Committee announced on November 25 that it had received 100,000 USD from Lee’s Sandwiches, a US-based chain of fast-food restaurants selling Vietnamese food, to support disaster-affected people in the central region.

On the day, the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) – Hanoi chapter also received over 13 billion USD from 21 units, offices, businesses and individuals.

Since October 13, it has received a total of 109.3 billion VND in support for localities hit by storms and floods.

Meanwhile, as of November 25, the VFF – Tien Giang raised a total of 14.3 billion VND.

The Ministry of Health also has asked health departments at all localities to enhance measures to prevent Whitmore disease.

The move was made following the recent increase in the number of Whitmore patients in the central region.

As many as 28 patients with Whitmore's disease have been hospitalised at the Hue Central Hospital from the beginning of October, a sudden increase compared to previous years, according to the local health department.

About 50 percent of the patients were from Thua Thien-Hue province while the rest were from other provinces such as Thanh Hoa, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri.

Many patients arrived at the hospital in late stages of the disease, with sepsis, septic shock or multi-organ failure making treatment difficult and costly, according to the hospital.

Central localities are expected to record more Whitmore patients in the future due to poor sanitation conditions caused by recent floods which create ideal conditions for bacteria to develop.

The ministry required localities, particularly central Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh provinces to increase supervision to quickly detect new cases of Whitmore.

Local health departments are instructed to take samples of suspected cases or those at high risks of infecting with the disease for testing to have proper treatment.

They are also asked to actively treat Whitmore patients to minimise the rate of fatality.

The health ministry orders local health departments to increase communication activities to raise public awareness of the disease and preventive measures.

To proactively prevent Whitmore's disease, the Ministry of Health suggests people keep up personal hygiene and regularly wash their hands with soap and clean water, eat cooked food, and do not eat sick poultry or animals.

People are encouraged to limit exposure to sources of pollution, wear shoes, sandals and gloves when in contact with soil, dirty water or flood water.

If people have open wounds or sores, it is necessary to avoid contact with heavily polluted soil or flood water.

People with chronic diseases such as diabetes and immunodeficiency need care and protection from damage to prevent infections caused by flood water.

Mai Nguyen