Monday, October 8, 2007

Vietnam: All levels of government must participate in H5N1 prevention

At a seminar in Hanoi on October 5 attended by the Vietnam Ministry of Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Director of the Preventive Health Department announced that though H5N1 is "temporarily under control", all levels of government - from the commune to the provincial level - must join together to ensure long-term prevention of H5N1 transmission.

The seminar was held to unveil modifications and additions to the government's plan to prevent human transmission of H5N1.

In addition to allowing local communities to take part in the implementation of avian influenza control, the Ministry announced it will establish 15 influenza management offices to monitor surveillance, take samples, and offer guidance and quarantine control to local officials.

Full text available online, via H5N1 blog:

An additional story on the seminar:

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