Via Thanh Nien Daily: Vietnam sees vaccination rush as measles deaths hit 123. Excerpt:
Adults and children have been flocking the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City to seek measles vaccination as the fatalities on infected children have reached at least 123 nationwide.
The latest death figure includes three cases reported Monday from the north central province of Nghe An, where 158 children have been hospitalized for measles treatment since February and 85 percent of them were not vaccinated.
Nghe An health authorities have asked for seven more respirators and ten monitors to serve the rising number of patients.
Most of the deaths, 111, were reported from the Central Pediatrics Hospital in the capital while the remainders from other major Hanoi hospitals, as well as Hai Phong City and Yen Bai Province nearby.
Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said during her visit Monday to major Hanoi hospitals that the high death rate related to measles was because the patients were rushed into the Central Pediatrics Hospital in the first place, creating an overload.
“The children have to share beds, resulting in cross infection within the hospital.”
Tien also blamed the hot weather over the past two months for facilitating the spread of the virus.
A ministry report confirmed 3,430 measles cases nationwide as of last Sunday, besides more than 5,800 other possible cases in which the patients have developed similar symptoms.
In the southern half of the country where no measles deaths have been reported, people are rushing to Ho Chi Minh City for a protective shot.