HCM City offers more DPT vaccines The HCM City Preventive Health Centre yesterday told health officials in districts to ensure the provision of the fourth shot of the combined vaccine against diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DPT) to children aged 18 to 48 months. Only 12,889 out of 108,679 children had received the DPT vaccine as of September 30. District 4 had the highest rate of DPT vaccinated children in the city, with 54 per cent. Dr Lê Hồng Nga, the centre’s general planning division, spoke at a monthly meeting on disease prevention with the city’s Department of Health held yesterday. The districts of Bình Thạnh, 7, Cần Giờ and Tân Phú had the lowest rate, under 10 per cent, she said. Health officials in many districts such as Tân Phú District put posters on walls of apartment buildings, kindergartens and schools, calling on parents to review the vaccination schedule of their children as well as the provision of the fourth shot. The city has not yet recorded any new incidence of diphtheria this year, Nga said. Nga said that all district-level health officials must co-operate with managers of schools and family-based sewing establishments, where dengue fever has broken out. Many of the workers, along with migrants who rent rooms, live in the building where the sewing workshop is located. She said the workshops should be sprayed more carefully to control mosquitoes and that measures should be taken at schools to prevent the spread of hand, foot and mouth (HFM) disease….