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Ten die due to food poisoning in one month in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2010 at 10:26 am

Food poisoning has affected 704 persons, including ten fatalities in the country in last month, released by Vietnam Ministry of Health on June 6.


Of 704 infected people, 517 have recently had to visit hospitals and 10 died. There have been 20 cases of food poisoning in the northern provinces of Ha Giang, Bac Giang, Yen Bai, the highlands province of Gia Lai and the Mekong delta provinces of Ben Tre, An Giang and within Ho Chi Minh City due to microorganisms, toxic mushrooms, carcinoscopius rotundicauda and plectognathi. The causes of seven cases remain unknown.

Doctors of the Viet Duc University Hospital in Hanoi are conducting an operation  using an organ from a brain-dead donor  (Photo: Nguoi Lao Dong – Laborer Newspaper)

Poor hygiene has resulted in a spate of food poisoning cases; the ministry has therefore strengthened scrutiny on food from street vendors and larger enterprises.


The Steering Board on Food Hygiene and Safety in Hanoi said there are over 6,000 food processing firms in the capital city, but just over 2,500 companies have been granted certificates for food hygiene.


In related news, the Ministry of Health has given the green light to the Central Hue Hospital to conduct heart transplant surgery using an organ from brain-dead donors.


The hospital’s operation room is well equipped with state-of-the-art devices to monitor patients around-the-clock.

Vietnam conducted its first-ever liver transplants using an organ from a brain-dead donor at Viet Duc University Hospital’s in Hanoi last May for forty-six male patients from the northern province of Dien Bien, who are now in a stable condition.

The hospital also performed two kidney transplants with organs also taken from brain-dead donors. Although laws allow organ donation from people who are brain dead, it is difficult finding willing donors because many Vietnamese believe that the dead must be buried with all their organs in tact.

Source: SGGP

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