Vietnam targets leprosy elimination by 2010
Updated: 2006-09-29 14:01 Vietnam is making efforts to
eradicate leprosy by 2010 through consolidating leprosy diagnosis, upgrading
medical facilities, strengthening training for health workers, and improving
awareness for local people about the disease.
The country's leprosy elimination standard set by the Health Ministry is less
than one case per 100,000 inhabitants, local newspaper Vietnam News reported
Under a new plan on wiping out the disease, the country is consolidating the
existing diagnosis, under which all leprosy treatment establishments implement
12-month multi-chemical therapy for newly-detected sufferers in serious
conditions, and six-month one for less critical cases, the newspaper quoted the
Central Dermatology and Venereology Institute Tran Hau Khang as saying.
Vietnam is also developing medical facilities nationwide, especially in rural
and remote areas. The health sector is seeking different capital sources to
improve its medical equipment and treatment conditions for patients, he said.
In addition, Vietnam is promoting training and retraining of local health
workers, he said, noting that training programs give priorities to those working
at leprosy treatment establishments in localities with high patient percentage.
Vietnam has detected 20 localities, including the central provinces of Ninh
Thuan, Binh Thuan and Khanh Hoa, and the southern provinces of Kien Giang, Ca
Mau and Tay Ninh, in which there are more than one leprosy case among 100,000
The country reported 0.1 leprosy sufferer among 10,000 local people in 2005,
compared with one or less than one case among 10, 000 people under the standard
on wiping out the disease set by the World Health Organization.