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Ministry requests acceleration of bird flu vaccination

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm

– The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has asked localities, agencies and farmers to strictly observe bird flu inoculation regulations to ensure that all poultry are vaccinated.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Bui Ba Bong told a recent meeting that vaccination against H5N1 virus is the most efficient measure in preventing bird flu, as more than 90 percent of affected poultry are not vaccinated or inadequately vaccinated.

The Prime Minister in June decided not to provide financial assistance for those bird flu-hit farmers who did not observe regulations on inoculation against the deadly virus.

In an effort to prevent the spread of bird flu, the MARD also requested veterinary agencies at localities to closely monitor and grant quarantine certificates for the transportation of poultry.

Vietnam is recognised as one of the world’s most successful nations in fighting bird flu and is no longer an epidemic centre in Southeast Asia .

With efforts made by localities and agencies, bird flu has been no longer widespread and total losses caused by the deadly virus has decreased, even though the epidemic has still recurred annually since it appeared in the country for the first time in 2003.

So far this year, bird flu outbreaks have only occurred at small scale in unvaccinated poultry flocks. At present, only four provinces, namely the Mekong delta provinces of Dong Thap, Kien Giang and Ben Tre and the central province of Quang Ngai are yet to be free from bird flu for 21 days.

According to the World Health Organisation norms, the period is sufficient to declare an area as free from bird flu.-

Vietnam-funded facilities for Lao disabled inaugurated

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm

– A Vietnam-funded functional rehabilitation facilities were inaugurated in Vientiane , Laos , on August 15 in the presence of Lao Health Ministry Pomek Dalaloy and Vietnamese ambassador to Laos Nguyen Huy Quang.

The 1 billion VND worth gift to the Vientiane Functional Rehabilitation Centre was announced during State President Nguyen Minh Triet’s visit to Lao in March 2007.

Minister Pomek Dalaloy thanked the Vietnamese government and people for the significant gift that will help the Lao handicapped.-

Foreign real estate brokers practise in VN

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm


Hanoi (VNA) – Foreign real estate brokers with valid licences granted by foreign agencies will be permitted to practise in Vietnam , the Construction Ministry has said.

These licences must be translated into Vietnamese, notarised or certified in accordance with Vietnamese laws, and sent to local agencies in charge of managing real estate business activities, the ministry added.

The Ministry of Construction will issue specific regulations on granting real estate brokerage and appraisal certificates to foreign individuals in the near future.

The present Law on Real Estate Business does not require educational and professional qualifications from individuals applying for real estate brokerage certificates.-

Mead Johnson gets first licence as foreign-owned milk company

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm

– Mead Johnson Nutritionals, a world leader in nutrition based in the US , became the first wholly foreign-owned milk company in Vietnam on August 15 after 10 years of operation as a representative office.

The new business licence was granted to Mead Johnson Vietnam Company Ltd by the HCM City People’s Committee.

General Manager of Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Mark Hely, said the new licence would allow the company to increase the scale of its operations in Vietnam to offer more products on the local market as well as better services and programmes for the community.

Recent statistics from ACNielsen show that Mead Johnson holds the biggest market share in the US paediatric formula market for four consecutive yeas up to 2007.-

Mobifone keeps people up to speed

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm

– Vietnam Mobile Telecom Services Company (Mobifone launched its new LiveInfo service which provides subscribers with news on sports, music entertainment and more.

News from LiveInfo service will be broadcast from 7:30am to 11h pm. Mobifone said the service was designed not to bother subscribers.

News from the service will appear on the screen during the idle period. If subscribers do not read or download the news, it will automatically disappear in a few seconds.

Mobifone also signed an agreement with Vietnam Airlines to develop a special preferential programme for its members. Under the programme, members will be offered special incentives when using each other’s services.-