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Hepatitis A under control, prevention message persistent

Health officials from the capital and neighbouring Vientiane province will continue to raise awareness and provide preventive and transmission messages on Hepatitis A to the community despite the viral infection rate being brought under control.

Head of Epidemiology Division of Health Department, Dr Chanthalay Sayavong said that so far there have not been any new reports of Hepatitis A in the capital.

“This means that the hepatitis A is under control 100 percent,” he said.

He said the reason that the rate has been brought under control is due to medical staffers continually providing messages on how to prevent Hepatitis A infection and transmission.

They closely worked with local community and authorities where illness had been reported, especial in Xaythany district.

The preventive and transmission messages of Hepatitis A are also distributed to all hospitals in Vientiane.

These means patients and their relatives who visit the central hospitals, district hospitals and dispensaries will be given this message.

Also, members of the public can know more through messages via the media.

A mobile truck from the Vientiane Health Department is also conveying this message into target villages in Xaythany district from Monday to Friday.

Together these methods have been to control and stop the spread as rapidly as possible.

Deputy Director of Vientiane provincial Health Department Dr Khamphien Vanmany said that even though the number of Hepatitis A infections has dropped, medical staffers will continue to raise awareness on drinking boiled water, eating fully cooked food and making sure that household environments are clean.

“Also, we have a daily report about the situation of Hepatitis throughout the province,” he said.

This message is also coming to schools to make sure students follow three hygiene measures strictly.

At restaurants, chefs and wait staff must ensure fresh, clean food is served to their customers without contamination.

Transmitted by the fecal-oral route, avoiding hepatitis A means washing hands before cooking and eating is always a must.

It is relatively straightforward to avoid contacting Hepatitis A and a host of other diseases.

You must clean your hands with soap every time before meals.

Wash your hands with clean water and soap after using the toilet and animal contact, and before touching food.

Drink only treated clean water and ice or pre-boiled water.

Avoid the joint-use of toothpicks and toothbrushes, bowls, spoons, cups, bath towels and razors.

If you or a loved one are suffering from the symptoms of Hepatitis A or jaundice, you are advised to receive a health checkup with doctors at a nearby hospital.

Please note that unlike other forms of hepatitis, Hepatitis A is not transmitted through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person.

 

 

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update July 15, 2017)


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