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‘Gag unit’ to try to make NZealand death mine safe

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 11:21 am

GREYMOUTH, New Zealand, Nov 26, 2010 (AFP) – A specialist machine arrived in New Zealand Friday to aid the grim task of reaching the bodies of 29 men killed in the nation’s worst mining disaster for almost a century, police said.


Authorities hope it will speed up the recovery of corpses from the Pike River mine, which remains flooded with toxic gases following a tragedy that plunged New Zealand into mourning.

This frame grab from New Zealand’s TV3 News shows a jet engine called “The Gag” arriving on the back of a truck at the Pike River Coal mine on November 26, 2010. AFP

The Australian device, known as a “gag unit”, would use water vapour and gases to purge oxygen from the mine and ensure there would be no repeat of the two explosions that rocked it over the past week, the machine’s operators said.


“It displaces explosive gases or methane gases, extinguishes any fires and suppresses any sparking or sources of ignition,” Queensland Mines Rescue Service manager Wayne Hartley told TNVZ Friday.


Prime Minister John Key has warned that it could take months to reach bodies entombed in the mine, preventing grieving families from properly bidding farewell to their loved ones.


The relatives’ slim hopes of a miracle rescue following an explosion at the mine last Friday were dashed by an even bigger blast on Wednesday that authorities said no one could survive.


The “gag unit” machine could not have been used while there was a faint chance some of the men remained alive in the mine shaft at Pike River, on the remote west coast of New Zealand’s South Island.


Grey District mayor Tony Kokshoorn said recovering the victims — 24 New Zealanders, two Australians, two Britons and a South African — was an essential part of bringing closure to distraught relatives.


“We want the miners out of the mines and into the loving arms of the families,” he said Friday.


Police confirmed the machine, which incorporates a specialist jet engine, had arrived at Hokitika airport, near the mine, but said it was unclear how long it would take to assemble and deploy to make the mine safe for retrieval teams.


A cocktail of explosive gases prevented rescuers from going into the colliery, which sent its first shipment of hard coking coal for steelmaking to India only this year.


Pike River Coal executives were scheduled to meet Friday to discuss the future of the mine, with the company’s chief executive Peter Whittall and local politicians pushing for it to reopen once rendered safe.


“It’s not like the mine was a big scary place that was waiting to kill them,” Whittall told reporters. “The mine was where we worked, it was where we went to every day, we understood it.”


Key has vowed “no stone would be left unturned” in finding why the 29 men perished and stringent safety mine standards went “terribly wrong”.


Condolence messages have poured in from around the world for the victims, who ranged from a 17-year-old on his first shift to a 62-year-old veteran.


Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II — who is also the head of state of New Zealand — and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were among the dignitaries who expressed sorrow over the tragedy.


Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said hopes for a repeat of a dramatic rescue in her own country at Tasmania’s Beaconsfield mine in 2006 and last month’s retrieval of 33 Chilean miners had been dashed.


“After Beaconsfield, then Chile this year, I suppose in some part of our minds we were always hoping, always thinking that there’s going to be a happy ending. Unfortunately, and tragically, there wasn’t,” she said.

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Source: SGGP

Five in one vaccine safe, effective: health expert

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 9:14 am

Dr. Nguyen Thi Minh Phuong from the Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute said the five in one vaccine which will be free given to babies under one year old in the National Expanded Program on Immunization next June is safe as public concern raised about the new supported by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Partners Forum.

The new vaccine has a fewer shoots so it will reduce accidents after innoculation

Vietnam has tested reaction after being inoculation of five in one vaccine, valuing it is safe with the low rate of reaction, said Dr. Phuong, adding that the vaccine is manufactured by Berna Biotech Korea Corp and administered in forty nations.


Around 1.5 million dozes of the five in one vaccine against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis B and Hib have been imported into Vietnam. The advantage of the new vaccine is that it has a fewer shoots so it will reduce accidents after inoculation.


Moreover, it can prevent bacterial meningitis known as Haemophilus influenzae type b (“Hib” for short) and pneumonia.


Dr. Phuong also advised parents to delay vaccination when babies are suffering fever or chronic diseases as well as keep staying at hospitals for half an hour after inoculation to examine child’s health. A vaccine is capable of causing serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. Kids will have fever, redness or swelling or soreness or tenderness where the shot was given; mothers should breast-feed more than usual or more water and make fever compress to reduce body temperature.

Related article:
Five in one vaccine to be injected free for infants

Source: SGGP

National week on safe water, rural sanitation begins

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm




National week on safe water, rural sanitation begins


QĐND – Friday, April 23, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) launched an annual national week on rural clean water and environmental sanitation in Khoi Ky commune, Dai Tu district, in the northern mountain province of Thai Nguyen on April 22.


The ministry said the event is very significant this year as 2010 has been selected as the year of ‘Clean water for a healthy world’. This is particularly important in Vietnam, which is among the five countries most vulnerable to climate change.


After the launch ceremony, health experts showed children how to correctly wash their hands with soap, while young people cleaned schools and streets.


On the occasion, construction of a VND 7.9-billion clean water supply station started in Khoi Ky commune.


Once operational in 2011, the station is expected to provide safe water to more than 3,100 people as well as offices, schools and health clinics in the commune.


According to the the National Programme on Rural Clean Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation, 79 percent of rural people nation-wide are using hygienic water; however, only 39 percent of them are given water that meets the Ministry of Health’s standards.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Tests find foam food packages safe in Vietnam: official

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm

The National Institute for Testing Food Hygiene and Safety has carried out tests on polystyrene foam food packages and determined they don’t pose a health threat, said a health official on March 31.

A roadside vendor serves up hot food in a polystyrene foam carryout container (Photo: Thanh nien)

Nguyen Cong Khan, head of the Food Safety and Hygiene Department under the Ministry of Health, said the institute tested over 10 foam food package samples taken from roadside eateries in Hanoi.


The containers were subjected to heat and acid tests, but scientists failed to find any chemicals leaching out that would cause cancer or threaten human health.


Mr. Khan said the research was conducted on domestically made foam food packages after China recently announced a ban on the containers for food carryout.


He also warned that while the recent tests had not shown the Vietnamese containers to be dangerous, people should remain wary as some small-scale foam manufacturers may not meet quality standards for safety.


Moreover, there is no way to identify good-quality from low-quality products in terms of health safety, so many vendors simply use the cheapest ones available.


Other experts who were not involved in the recent tests have said that all foam carryout containers release toxic chemicals when used to hold hot food.


Dr. Tran Van Ky of the Vietnam Food Safety Association and Dr. Nguyen Xuan Mai of the Ho Chi Minh City-based Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, said foam and plastic packages are recycled products.


As such, during the processing of the containers, manufacturers must use industrial dissolvable and adhesive chemicals mixed with impurities, heavy metals and toxic substances.


Vietnamese people have used these foam packages for years to contain hot food. Sidewalk eateries and higher-end restaurants both use the containers, saying that currently, no affordable alternatives exist.


Related article:
Health ministry to investigate polystyrene food containers

Source: SGGP

Canada grants US$17 million for safe pork in HCM City

In Uncategorized on March 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm




Canada grants US$17 million for safe pork in HCM City


QĐND – Thursday, March 25, 2010, 21:12 (GMT+7)

The agricultural quality control arm of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has agreed to help Ho Chi Minh City devise and monitor hygiene standards for pork.


The Food and Agriculture Products Quality Development and Control Project (FAPQDC) and the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development signed an agreement on March 23 for the purpose.


Nguyen Phuoc Trung, the department’s deputy director, said the project would cost around US$17 million to be provided by CIDA.


The project will go on until December 2013.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Ministry sets safe melamine limits in food

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Hanoi (VNA)- The Ministry of Health made an announcement on Dec 16 regarding safe levels of melamine in food, based on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) standards.

The safety limits have been set at 1.0 mg per kg of food for infants under 36 months of age and 2.5 mg per kilo for other foodstuffs.

These limits were set in response to the WHO’s Dec. 12 declaration on safe limits of melamine in food, which could be present through accidentally coming into contact with foodstuffs through plastic packaging or indirect contact. The ministry consulted leading national experts to set the safety limits.

The limits will be adjusted if the WHO and the UN World Food Organisation (FAO) announce additional scientific findings regarding melamine or other chemical substances, said the ministry.

In addition, the Health Ministry has placed a strict ban on adding melamine to food under any conditions.

The ministry reported that over 400,000 tonnes of melamine-tainted dairy products have recently been confiscated, of which more than 17,000 tonnes were destroyed and 13 tonnes re-exported. Following the announcement of the safe limits, some 104 tonnes of confiscated food of clear origin with permitted contamination rates were released.

Tests have been conducted on 1,226 samples, of which 32 proved positive for melamine and 1,234 negative.

All this has contributed to a safer milk market for consumers, where dairy products of unclear origin are no longer found, said the Health Ministry.–

Vietnamese banks safe from global financial crisis

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2008 at 6:59 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese banks will not be affected by the financial crisis currently engulfing the US , the Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) Nguyen Van Giau said on September 30.

The governor told a press briefing held by the Government Office that the SBV has closely monitored the operations of commercial banks and will continue to intervene in the foreign exchange market to ensure liquidity for the banking system as well as the national economy.

Vietnamese banks, including foreign, joint venture, commercial state-owned and commercial joint stock banks, have moved to actively avoid the crisis, Giau further said.

According to Giau, a redundancy of liquidity has been recently observed at Vietnamese banks, reaching 40 trillion VND on the day and ranging between 30-35 trillion VND on previous days.

Inter-bank interest rates were reduced to 12 percent per annum for one-or two-week loans as a result of high liquidity.

The State Bank Governor said that Vietnam ’s foreign currency reserves have increased by 1.6 billion USD since early 2007 and are increasing further. The reserves are stored in safe banks in foreign countries. To date, 82 percent of Vietnamese’s foreign currency reserves were sent to central banks in the US , the UK , France and Germany and the remaining 18 percent have been deposited in foreign commercial banks of high credit ratings at 3A and 2A.

The Governor stressed that Vietnam does not have a relationship with the investment banks and groups that have collapsed in the US .

The US financial crisis has not affected the Vietnamese banking system at this point in time, he noted.

According to the Governor, in the remaining months of this year, the world and Vietnamese economies will undergo complex developments.

Implementing the instructions of the Party Central Committee’s Political Bureau and the Prime Minister, the State Bank of Vietnam will continue with the strict but flexible monetary policy, while strictly monitoring developments of the world financial and monetary markets as well as the operations of commercial banks in order to make the correct management decisions.

The State Bank will ensure the payment capacity of the banking system and the economy, increase inspections, prevent and deal firmly with violations of regulations on currency and banking activities, and strengthen the current system of credit organisations.-

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