THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No: 354/2002/QD-BYT
Hanoi, February 06, 2002
 
DECISION
PROMULGATING THE WRITTEN GUIDANCE ON DIAGNOSIS, HANDLING AND PREVENTION OF PUFFER POISONING
THE HEAL MINISTER
Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No.68/CP of October 11, 1993 defining the functions, tasks, powers and organizational apparatus of the Health Ministry;
At the proposals of the directors of the Therapy Department and of the Department for Food Quality, Hygiene and Safety Control,
DECIDES:
Article 1.- To promulgate together with this Decision the written "Guidance on diagnosis, handling and prevention of puffer poisoning."
Article 2.- The written "Guidance on diagnosis, handling and prevention of puffer poisoning" shall apply to all State-run, semi-public, people-founded, private and foreign-invested medical establishments.
Article 3.- This Decision takes effect 15 days after its signing for promulgation. The previous regulations contrary to the provisions of this Decision shall all be annulled.
Article 4.- The office director, the chief inspector, the Therapy Department director, the directors of the Departments of the Health Ministry, the director of the Department for Food Quality, Hygiene and Safety Control, the directors of the provincial/municipal Health Services, the managers of hospitals and institutes with hospital beds under the Health Ministry, branch medical chiefs, heads of State-run, private, people-founded and foreign-invested medical establishments shall have to implement this Decision.
  
GUIDANCE
ON DIAGNOSIS, HANDLING AND PREVENTION OF PUFFER POISONING
(Issued together with the Health Minister’s Decision No. 354/QD-BYT of February 6, 2002)
The poisoning through eating puffer is being a burning issue now. The number of people poisoned through eating puffer fish has risen with high mortality rate (60%). Puffer poisoning has usually occurred in central provinces such as Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Phu Yen, Quy Nhon, Quang Ngai,… and even in Hanoi and non-coastal provinces, due to eating of dried and frozen puffer... In order to protect the people’s health and lives, the Health Ministry hereby guides the diagnosis, handling and prevention of puffer poisoning as follows:
 
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VICE MINISTER




Le Ngoc Trong

 
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