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Men account for over 90 percent of Mpox cases in Vietnam: data

Men account for over 90 percent of Mpox cases in Vietnam: data

Tuoi Tre – Up to 92.9 percent of confirmed Mpox, formerly known as monkeypox, cases in Vietnam are male and 78.6 percent of the tally are men who have sex with men, according to data from the Vietnam General Department of Preventive Medicine (VNCDC).

The country had reported a total of 56 Mpox cases as of October 31 this year, including two imported infections in 2022.

These Mpox cases, aged 18-49, were detected in seven provinces and cities, with one death recorded in Ho Chi Minh City.

Around 63 percent of the Mpox patients live with HIV, while 46 percent have sexually-transmitted infections.

Mpox is a new outbreak in Vietnam and confirmed cases have been detected in the community, so the country will likely see more cases especially in other major cities, aside from Ho Chi Minh City, the VNCDC under the Ministry of Health said.

The VNCDC asked all localities nationwide to closely monitor the developments of Mpox and promptly adopt preventive measures especially at healthcare centers, public events, and border gates to minimize Mpox infections and deaths.

These localities need to concurrently team up with gynecological and dermatological clinics as well as healthcare facilities that provide HIV/AIDS prevention and control services to timely offer advice, care, and treatment to potential Mpox cases.

They were told to supervise confirmed Mpox cases and those having close contact with Mpox patients to curb the spread of the disease; protect healthcare workers from being infected with the disease; and give advice to and conduct HIV tests on Mpox patients along with their partners.

For suspected Mpox cases, their samples need to be collected and sent to the Pasteur Institutes or relevant units for testing and confirmation.

The localities have to provide training for healthcare workers on Mpox prevention and control; work out scenarios in response to possible Mpox outbreaks in their areas; and prepare a sufficient amount of medical supplies, human resources, and funding to cope with the disease.

Besides, they were asked to continue efforts to raise public awareness about Mpox, especially people of vulnerable groups, and call on local residents to quickly inform health authorities of their suspected symptoms of Mpox.

Charity concert raises funds to support young patients in Hà Nội

Charity concert raises funds to support young patients in Hà Nội

Vietnam News – This is the second concert under the Viết tiếp ước mơ (Keep writing dreams) charity concert project to raise funds to support poor patients at Hà Nội’s hospitals.

HÀ NỘI — In the solemn and beautiful space of Cửa Bắc Church in Hà Nội, artists performed classical music and songs on December 28 to pray for young patients who are facing difficult circumstances and are currently being treated at Hà Nội’s hospitals.

This is the second concert under the Viết tiếp ước mơ (Keep Writing Dreams), a charity concert project to raise funds to support poor patients at Hà Nội’s hospitals. The concert aimed to ask God’s blessings on unfortunate children and introduce classical music genres to audiences in Hà Nội.

The concert was attended by many famous artists in the classical music industry, such as opera artists Ngô Hương Diệp, Đào Tố Loan, pianist Đào Thu Lê, pianist Nguyễn Mỹ Dung, cellist Bùi Hà Miên, violinist Khúc Văn Khoa, young pianists Lưu Danh Khôi, Khánh Linh and conductor Dustin Tiêu from HCM City.

Classical music artists perform at the Cửa Bắc Church in Hà Nội on December 28. — Photos courtesy of the organiser

Here, the audience enjoyed familiar melodies, such as “Hallelujah,” “Ave Maria,” “Alleluja”, and “Chaconne in D minor” (Johann Sebastian Bach).

“Everyone’s busy life makes us forget the hidden corners of life. Therefore, the “Keep Writing Dreams” concert was born, with the desire to help needy children undergoing surgery and treatment at the National Children’s Hospital and the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion in Hà Nội,” said the concert founder, artist Nguyễn Mỹ Dung.

Dung added that with support from the audience, the programme is expected to donate hospital fees, each from VNĐ3 to 5 million, to 10 pediatric patients on the occasion of the new year 2024.

Young pianist Lưu Danh Khôi performs at the event. — Photos courtesy of the organiser

Lưu Danh Khôi, a young pianist studying piano in the US, returned home to attend the programme. He expressed his excitement when he first played music at Cửa Bắc Church: “I am extremely happy to be able to join the artists and contribute a small part to a meaningful programme like the Keep Writing Dreams concert.”

The “Keep Writing Dreams” concert has been cherished for many years by Nguyễn Mỹ Dung, a lecturer of Piano – Symphony Department, Hanoi College of Arts, and the artists.

The first “Keep Writing Dreams” concert, called “Spring Melody”, was successfully held in Hà Nội on January 10, 2023. The contribution from the concert was used to pay treatment fees for three paediatric liver transplant patients at the National Children’s Hospital. — VNS

Vietnam likely to record more new monkeypox cases: Ministry

Vietnam likely to record more new monkeypox cases: Ministry

SGGP – According to the Ministry of Health, monkeypox is a newly recorded epidemic in Vietnam but the pathogen has already spread in the community. Thus, in the coming time, it is likely that Vietnam will continue to record new cases of the disease.

The Ministry of Health yesterday sent an official dispatch to directors of health departments in provinces and cities nationwide, requesting to set out the legal framework for surveillance activities and protective measures against the monkeypox epidemic.

Accordingly, local health authorities need to strengthen infection control supervision at medical facilities, community-based supervision and at border gates together with supervision of HIV/AIDS prevention activities.

The health sector in each locality should also enhance supervision at gynecological and dermatology clinics, and public and private medical facilities providing HIV/AIDS prevention services including HIV testing, PrEP pre-exposure prophylaxis, ARV treatment to detect disease cases, clusters of cases, and sources of infection; thereby, they will also provide consulting, care and treatment services for patients.

Localities must strengthen the management of cases of monkeypox and human contact to prevent further infection from spreading to the community and prevent infection among medical staff. Additionally, local administrations and healthcare facilities should carry out HIV counseling and testing for infected people and partners of monkeypox patients.

For suspected cases who are experiencing symptoms of the disease, healthcare workers should take their samples for tests carried out by the Pasteur Institute or regional institutes of Hygiene and Epidemiology.

At the same time, the health sector in each locality should proactively build and update prevention and control plans and scenarios according to their real situations so that the health sector will be ready to cope with the occurrence of epidemics in the area.

Accordingly, medical institutions should prepare enough drugs, equipment, human resources, and funds for the collection of patients and treatment as well as prevention of the epidemics.

According to the assessment of the Ministry of Health, monkeypox is a newly recorded epidemic in our country but the pathogen has spread in the community; as a result, in the coming time, Vietnam will likely continue to record new cases of the disease, especially in big cities. Statistics from the beginning of July 2023 until now, the country recorded 56 cases of monkeypox, including 2 imported cases.

Seven provinces and cities have recorded infection cases of the disease; worse, one death was reported in Ho Chi Minh City. Those aged 18-49 years are more likely to be infected with the disease. The majority of cases have been found in men who have sex with men or bisexual with 92.9 percent. In particular, up to 63 percent of cases of monkeypox are infected with HIV and 46 percent of cases of other sexually transmitted diseases.

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