A 9-year-old girl died of dengue fever in Dong Nai Province Tuesday and her family said doctors refused to transfer her to nearby Ho Chi Minh City.
The parents said they took Nguyen Q. Anh to Dong Nai Children's Hospital after she began a fever on July 14. Doctors there said she had dengue fever.
She was prescribed medicine and had an appointment two days later, when the doctors said the condition got worse and asked her to stay for treatment, rejecting the parents' idea that she should be sent to Ho Chi Minh City. The girl died several hours later that afternoon.
Nguyen Thi Thuy Nga, deputy director of the Dong Nai hospital, said the doctors refused to send the girl off as she was very weak and they were afraid there would not be enough equipment in the ambulance to save her in case of emergency.
Dong Nai newspaper said in a report on Monday that the province has reported four dengue fever deaths this year, including two others in July and one early this year.
The number of dengue fever infections in the province has so far increased 30 percent from the same period last year. The figure now stands at 2,540 cases.
Doctor Cao Trong Nguong, director of the Dong Nai Preventive Health Center, said in the report that prevention efforts have been hindered by late budget transfer from the Health Ministry.
Dengue fever usually peaks in August, but a large number of infections were already reported in June from Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces.
A report from the Pasteur Insitute in Ho Chi Minh City listed 11 deaths out of 21,215 dengue fever cases in the south this year, a 20 percent increase year-on-year, according to a Nhan Dan report July 2.
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