Loei – The Minister of Public Health, Anuthin Charnvirakul, has visited Loei province to assess the dengue fever situation there. More than 60 people nationwide have died of the disease this year.
Charnvirakul visited Phra Yupharaj Dan Sai Hospital and Chiang Khan Hospital in Loei to inspect dengue prevention measures and meet with village volunteers. Loei has the eighth highest number of dengue patients in Thailand. Since the beginning of this year, 832 dengue fever patients and two deaths were reported in the northeastern province.
The number of dengue fever patients is likely to increase during the rainy season. Countrywide, there were 4,503 new dengue fever patients reported last week, bringing this year’s cumulative cases to 49,174 cases with 64 deaths. It is estimated that the number of patients could reach 130,000 for the entire year.
Charnvirakul has ordered that a disease surveillance system be put in place across the country. The healthcare sector is required to report the number of new infections immediately to contain the outbreak.