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Vietnam Responsible Travel brings hearts closer

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm




Vietnam Responsible Travel brings hearts closer


QĐND – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 20:51 (GMT+7)

The first Vietnam Responsible Travel in Central Vietnam, has attracted, and been appreciated by, numerous international tourists and local people.


To join this month–long trip, nine Canadian tourists first flew to Ho Chi Minh City and then settled in the ancient city of Hoi An, the central province of Quang Nam.


One of the most important things of this special trip is that participants should be over 50.


Mr K.Paul said his group shared a house and meals with Tran Hung family in Cam Chau Ward, Hoi An City.


“I and Mr Hung have gradually got to know each other. Sentiments is the most precious thing I have acknowledged and felt after nearly a month staying here”, confided Mr Paul.


During their stay in Hoi An City, the group has walked around the ancient city of Hoi An, collecting required information useful for their stay.


Moreover, they have Vietnamese language classes from Monday to Friday. They also joined in making meals, teaching English for local children, making pottery products in trade village of Thanh Tra, growing vegetables in Tra Que village and other interesting things.


Importantly, Canadian tourists have volunteered to help handicapped and elderly people in the Quang Nam Social Center as well as children in the Hoi An Orphans Center.  They even joined in cleaning houses; cooking meals, washing clothes and giving baths to the elderly and children.


Besides the ancient city of Hoi An, the group has also visited Hanoi, some of the world’s natural and cultural heritages of My Son Sanctuary, Phong Nha Cave, Halong Bay and contemplated other charming landscapes of Ngu Hanh Son, Museum of Cham, Vinh Moc Tunnel, Hien Luong bridge and Ben Hai river.


Mr Nguyen Hoi living in Cam Chau Ward, who shared his house with a tourist, remarked that “our foreign guest is quite open-hearted; relaxed and supportive. The guest actively took part in making daily meals, watering plants every morning. Especially, he is always cheerfully and friendly”.


Relating to this unique tourism program, Mr Le Ho Phuoc Vinh, the CEO of Le Nguyen International Travel Joint-stock Company in Hoi An city, said that his company has coordinated with Canada-based-Cegep Marie-Victoria Company to put this program into operation.


“Joining this home-stay program, members could have opportunity to chat and have meals with the host and participate in numerous voluntary activities”, he added.


Ms. J.Helene, a Canadian tourist, shared that her companies did not use air-conditioning to save electricity and had long stay in a certain place to limit the use of transportation to reduce the impact on the environment.


“The most wonderful part of the program is that we have an opportunity to give children and the elderly a hand, from the smallest thing. I see that people in Hoi An city are very nice and sweet. It is cultural values that make the life here is so peaceful”, Helene said.


Vietnam Responsible Travel, the newly-launched tourism program, is very impressive as it helped link heart to heart.


Furthermore, it has also helped popularise Vietnamese images among international friends and more tourists will come to Vietnam partly thanks to this special program.


Source: TP


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Eye-dye manufacturer responsible for blinded patients

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:40 am

The Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital has officially asked the drug distributor to make amends for all patients blinded by cataract surgeries, due to the bacteria in Trypan Blue, said a high-ranking medical official of on June 15.

Patient Le Thanh Long in HCMC’s ditrict 4 instils a drug into his eye under doctors’ insutrction. He returns blinded after catarac surrgery at the HCMC Eye Hospital due to contaminated surgery aid (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

As the latest tests of the surgical aid, Trypan blue, found Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria (pink-red rods) present in the agent used in ophthalmologic procedures, said hospital director Dr. Nguyen Thi Phuong Thu.


Tests carried out by the National Institute of Drug Quality Control of the Ministry of Health produced the same results of previous tests performed by hospitals such as the City Eye hospital, the city Tropical Diseases hospital and the Pasteur Institute.


Trypan blue, manufactured by the Indian Khosla Pharmaceutical Company, is imported and distributed by the Viet My Medical Equipment in HCMC’s Go Vap District.  The hospital opted for an Indian-made drug because the pharmaceutical company won the bidding.


Of the 22 patients blinded because of the dye used in their surgeries, nine are still receiving treatment in the hospital. In the most severe case, doctors undertook an enucleation for one eye of a patient who underwent the operation in a hospital in the southern province of Dong Nai because it was so heavily infected with the harmful bacteria.


In addition, seven patients have sent an official requests to the Department of Health and the Eye Hospital, saying they wanted to stay at the hospital until their eye condition improved.


Although the surgical aid is placed directly into patients’ eyes, the Ministry of Health treats it unlike a drug, but a mere material; therefore, it is licensed by the Department of Equipment, part of the ministry. The ministry therefore must assume part of responsibility, according to an anonymous medical expert.


Related articles:
Surgical aid banned after patients go blind
Patients turn blind after eye surgery

Source: SGGP

Responsible Tourism Initiatives introduced in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:43 pm




Responsible Tourism Initiatives introduced in Vietnam


QĐND – Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

40 travel agencies and leaders of the Hanoi, Quang Nam, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Tri provincial Departments for Culture, Sports and Tourism attended a seminar on “the introduction of Responsible Tourism Initiatives in Vietnam” in Hue City on May 4.


The seminar, organized by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), is designed to respond to challenge facing the developing tourism industry.


It is also aimed at providing information on environment management and attracting the participation of poor people in cultural and tourist activities.


A recent SNV survey of five major tourist attractions in Vietnam shows the visitors’ satisfaction at high level, but also their concern about tourist-related problems like garbage dumping in public places, environmental pollution and benefits poor people.


Source: VOV


 


Source: QDND

Vedan responsible for just 65 percent of river damage: company rep

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:31 am

The amount of pollution that Vedan (Vietnam) Enterprise Corp. Ltd. contributed to the Thi Vai River in the southern province of Dong Nai accounted for just 65 percent of the total damage to the area, a company representative said March 16.








A section of the polluted Thi Vai River in Dong Nai Province. MSG maker Vedan Vietnam has continually denied responsibility for causing all of the pollution. (Photo: SGGP)

Vedan’s researchers had analyzed data and come up with the figure, the representative said.


Meanwhile, the Institute of Environment and Resources under Vietnam National University-HCMC reported that the Taiwanese-invested company more likely caused around 90 percent of the pollution, which stretched 10 kilometers along the Thi Vai River Valley.


The institute also said that several other areas have been negatively impacted by the water pollution including HCMC, Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.


After having its percentage-of-damage figure refuted by the institute, Vedan proposed to take the mean of the institute’s projected figure and its own, to come up with a new figure of 77 percent.


This number would then be used to determine the amount of compensation owed by Vedan to residents affected by the pollution.


However, the institute has refused to accept the proposal.


Nguyen Van Phuoc, head of the institute, said that the figure announced by Vedan was unsubstantiated.


The institute has now transferred the issue to the Vietnam Environment Administration to make a final decision.





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