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Around 40 percent of Vietnamese poor not receive any medical treatment

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:00 am

Recent scientific researches have pointed out that around 40 percent needy medical patients have not received any treatment due to several reasons, said an official in the health sector at a Vietnam International Health Economics (HEA) Conference.


Patients wait for their turn to pay medical fee at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Around 40 percent of needy medical patietns have not received any treament due to financial reason, said Dr. Ly Ngoc Kinh (Photo: Anh Quan)

According to Ly Ngoc Kinh, former director of the Department of Health Examination and Treatment Management, the main reason is that many face financial difficulties. He said, “Approximately 42 percent of poor people received treatment in district clinics, while only 16.9 percent of wealthy patients did”.

Duong Huy Lieu, HEA’s chairperson, said, “Around 52.5 percent of health-care costs are paid out-of-pocket by households in 2008, while 44 percent of the population in Vietnam have joined up with medical insurance companies.

Mr. Lieu said, “Health insurance only paid 17.6 percent of the medical costs of any patient and that the patients he interviewed, 33 percent said their illness has dramatically reduced their incomes.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Phuong, a World Health Organization expert in Vietnam, said “Out-of-pocket health payments exacerbate poverty and approximately 3.7 percent households fall into poverty, due to medical costs in 2008”.

She also went on to say, “Poverty line families and the old are the most vulnerable with extra medical costs”.

The Vietnam International Health Economics (HEA) Conference, the first of its kind, which was jointly organized by the Vietnam Health Economics Association (VHEA) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, was held in Hanoi on December 7-8.

Also, in attendance to this meeting were eminent experts from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Children’s Fund, WHO and a number of non-governmental organizations.

Source: SGGP

Rolls-Royce to replace ‘up to 40’ A380 engines

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 6:26 am

Pepsico Vietnam donates $40,000 for SGGP charity program

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2010 at 10:10 am

Ocean fish could disappear in 40 years: UN

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 9:07 am

NEW YORK (AFP) – The world faces the nightmare possibility of fishless oceans by 2050 unless fishing fleets are slashed and stocks allowed to recover, UN experts warned.

“If the various estimates we have received… come true, then we are in the situation where 40 years down the line we, effectively, are out of fish,” Pavan Sukhdev, head of the UN Environment Program’s green economy initiative, told journalists in New York.

A Green Economy report due later this year by UNEP and outside experts argues this disaster can be avoided if subsidies to fishing fleets are slashed and fish are given protected zones — ultimately resulting in a thriving industry.

Fishmongers prepare bluefin tuna before an auction at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market in February 2010. (AFP file)

The report, which was opened to preview Monday, also assesses how surging global demand in other key areas including energy and fresh water can be met while preventing ecological destruction around the planet.

UNEP director Achim Steiner said the world was “drawing down to the very capital” on which it relies.

However, “our institutions, our governments are perfectly capable of changing course, as we have seen with the extraordinary uptake of interest. Around, I think it is almost 30 countries now have engaged with us directly, and there are many others revising the policies on the green economy,” he said.

Environmental experts are mindful of the failure this March to push through a worldwide ban on trade in bluefin tuna, one of the many species said to be headed for extinction.

Powerful lobbying from Japan and other tuna-consuming countries defeated the proposal at the CITES conference on endangered species in Doha.

But UNEP’s warning Monday was that tuna only symbolizes a much vaster catastrophe, threatening economic, as well as environmental upheaval.

One billion people, mostly from poorer countries, rely on fish as their main animal protein source, according to the UN.

The Green Economy report estimates there are 35 million people fishing around the world on 20 million boats. About 170 million jobs depend directly or indirectly on the sector, bringing the total web of people financially linked to 520 million.

According to the UN, 30 percent of fish stocks have already collapsed, meaning they yield less than 10 percent of their former potential, while virtually all fisheries risk running out of commercially viable catches by 2050.

Currently only a quarter of fish stocks — mostly the cheaper, less desirable species — are considered to be in healthy numbers.

The main scourge, the UNEP report says, are government subsidies encouraging ever bigger fishing fleets chasing ever fewer fish, with little attempt made to allow the fish populations to recover.

The annual 27 billion dollars in government subsidies to fishing, mostly in rich countries, is “perverse,” Sukhdev said, since the entire value of fish caught is only 85 billion dollars.

As a result, fishing fleet capacity is “50 to 60 percent” higher than it should be, Sukhdev said.

Creating marine preservation areas to allow female fish to grow to full size, thereby hugely increasing their fertility, is one vital solution, the report says.

Another is restructuring the fishing fleets to favor smaller boats that — once fish stocks recover — would be able to land bigger catches.

“What is scarce here is fish,” Sukhdev said, “not the stock of fishing capacity.”

Source: SGGP

40 places in Hanoi susceptible to serious flooding

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 at 4:29 pm

40 places in Hanoi susceptible to serious flooding

QĐND – Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi Water Drainage Company said 40 “hot spots” in the city were at serious risk of flooding during the coming rainy season.

Nguyen Anh Tu, the company’s spokesperson, said heavy prolonged rainfall of 50 mm or more would inundate the city’s drainage system and flood low-lying parts of the city.

“The inner city’s drainage system flows through either Thinh Liet Dam to the Nhue River or Yen Son Pumping Station to the Hong River . However, Thinh Liet Dam has been temporarily closed because of pollution in the Nhue River and this affects the system’s capacity,” Tu said.

Tu also said that the worst-affected areas would be Le Duan, Truong Chinh-Ton That Tung-Nga Tu So, Nguyen Trai, Giai Phong and Ba Trieu-Nguyen Du streets.

Nguyen Le, the company’s director, said the city’s drainage system was inadequate and that the sewerage system needed to be upgraded.

The sewerage system covered just 60 percent of the length of roads in the city and 29 percent of the length of the lanes. Many were reportedly blocked or in a state of disrepair.

The construction of new urban areas was aggravating the problem.

According to Le, a number of construction projects had actually encroached on the existing drainage system. He cited the examples of the Yen Son Canal , which had its width reduced from 20m to 3m and Hao Nam-Yen Lang Canal , which was reduced from 5m to 1.5m.

As a temporary measure, Tu said his company was dredging waterways in flood-prone areas.

The company is also working with the municipal Department of Transport to build sewerage systems along Nguyen Van Cu, Tran Khanh Du, Thuy Khue, Hong Mai, Lang Ha, Ngoc Hoi-Giai Phong, Nguyen Tuan-Le Van Luong streets before the height of the rainy season in July.

Hanoi is in the second place of its 550 million USD irrigation master plan to upgrade the city’s seweverage system.

As part of the plan, Yen Son Pumping Station’s capacity will be increased from 45 cu.m of water per second to 90cu. per second. In addition, two wastewater treatment stations will be built in Thong Nhat Park and Tran Phu commune in Hoang Mai district.

Source: VNA

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40 tons of rotten milk found in south

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 4:39 am

40 tons of rotten milk at refuse area of The Gioi Xanh Company. (Photo: SGGP)
Environmental officers from southeastern Binh Duong Province found 40 tons of expired milk on March 16 at a refuse area of The Gioi Xanh Co., located in Tan Uyen District.

The batch of Anco Co. milk was produced in April 2008 at Nutifood and Elovi dairy factories and had an expiration date listed as October 17, 2008.

According to Nguyen Tri Binh, director of both The Gioi Xanh Co. and the Phuong Nam Company in Thuan An District, the latter company was contracted to transfer the rotten milk from a warehouse in Song Than Industrial Zone to the wastewater treatment plant of Nam Tan Uyen JSC for destruction from October 26 to December 15 last year.

However, the milk has remained piled up at a garbage dumpsite of The Gioi Xanh Co.

In December last year, Suc Khoe Doi Song Newspaper quoted Vo Thi Ngoc Hanh, deputy director of Binh Duong Province’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources, as saying that 105 tons of Anco Co.’s milk, boxed in 110ml boxes and expired since October 2008, had been destroyed after being found contaminated with toxic melamine in December 2008.

This raised questions about the origin of the milk found recently at The Gioi Xanh Co. Investigators say they suspect it might belong to the 105-ton batch of melamine-contaminated milk.

Authorities are continuing to investigate.

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I’ll play when I’m 40, says evergreen Date-Krumm

In Vietnam Sports on January 21, 2010 at 12:57 am

MELBOURNE, Jan 20, 2010 (AFP) – Japan’s former world number four Kimiko Date-Krumm, enjoying a comeback after more than a decade in retirement, said Wednesday she would continue playing even when she turns 40.

Date-Krumm, who hits the milestone in September, returned to the game in 2008 but her Australian Open dreams were shattered in the first round by Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova.

Japanese tennis player Kimiko Date-Krumm gestures during her women’s singles match against Kazakhstan opponent Yaroslava Shvedova on the third day of play at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 20, 2010. AFP photo

Despite the 6-4, 6-2 defeat, Date-Krumm said she planned to be back next year.

“Yes, even when I’m 40. I hope to be back next year as long as I stay injury-free,” said Date-Krumm, who at 64 in the world is Japan’s top-ranked player following the retirement of Ai Sugiyama last season.

Date-Krumm reached the world number four spot in 1995 before retiring a year later after failing to cope with the pressure of life on tour. She married German racing driver Michael Krumm in 2001.

After her comeback in 2008, she lost to Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, then 18, in the first round at Wimbledon last year.

But in September, Date-Krumm chalked up her first tournament victory in 13 years, which made her the oldest winner of a WTA event since Billie Jean King in 1983.

She said she still felt she could tackle higher-ranked players, as shown by victories this month against two top-20 players — Virginie Razzano and Nadia Petrova.

“I still feel I can keep going,” she said. “I played three seeds at the Sydney International and I feel okay.

“My level has gone up over the past year and I think I have better chances now against the better players.”

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40 percent of telecom towers yet to be evaluated for safety

In Vietnam Science on January 15, 2010 at 9:16 am

A base transceiver station. (File photo)

Nearly 40 percent of base transceiver stations (BTS) erected by telecom companies have not had their safety assessed, the Ministry of Information and Communications admitted at a conference held in Hanoi January 14.

There are more than 42,000 BTSs around the country of which 26,000 have been evaluated and only 790 announced they met the ministry’s safety and technical standards. The other 16,000 claimed they have either “forgotten” to announce the results or are in the process of doing it.
This had sparked off public protests against construction of the stations.

In the past, many telecom firms built the stations without getting permission or even informing local authorities, and did not bother to test their safety after erection.

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Khmer Rouge prison chief ‘should get 40 years’

In World on November 25, 2009 at 10:46 am

Prosecutors demanded a 40-year jail term Wednesday for Khmer Rouge prison chief Duch, as the former cadre made a final apology for his role in the deaths of 15,000 Cambodians at his torture centre.

This picture taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), shows former Khmer Rouge chief of S-21, known as Tuol Sleng prison, Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch (centre), standing in the courtroom at the Extraodinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. (AFP Photo)

The country’s UN-backed war crimes court heard closing arguments from both sides in its first trial delving into the horrors of the communist regime behind the “Killing Fields” atrocities three decades ago.

Under their leader Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge wiped out nearly two million people through starvation, overwork and execution in their bid to turn Cambodia back to a rural “Year Zero” between 1975 and 1979.

Lawyers for the prosecution said expressions of remorse by Duch — whose real name is Kaing Guek Eav — did not amount to a full guilty plea for his time in charge of S-21, or Tuol Sleng, the movement’s main prison.

“We submit… that the sentence to be submitted by this trial chamber should be 40 years in prison,” prosecutor Bill Smith told judges.

“In imposing this penalty, you are not taking away the accused’s humanity but you are giving it back to the victims of S-21,” he said. “Let’s recall that unlike the prisoners at S-21 he is being met with open and evenhanded justice.”

Duch’s crimes on their own warranted the maximum life sentence that the tribunal could impose — but a previous period of unlawful detention should reduce that to a 45-year term, Smith said, explaining the prosecution’s demand.

The 67-year-old’s partial acceptance of responsibility and cooperation with prosecutors meant they had allowed a further reduction in their request to a sentence of 40 years, he said.

But he added that “no one should make the mistake that this case is equal to an unqualified guilty plea before an international tribunal.”

Duch, formerly a maths teacher, faces charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and premeditated murder. A verdict is not expected until early next year.

After the prosecution finished its arguments, bespectacled Duch began his concluding remarks, sitting in the dock and recounting how Khmer Rouge leaders ordered people to be “smashed” during the regime’s internal purges.

“To the survivors I stand by my acknowledgement to all crimes. As for the families of victims, my wish is that you kindly leave your door open for me to make my apologies,” Duch said.

“In order to express my most excruciating remorse I have fully and sincerely cooperated with the court whenever it is needed of me.”

The defence has sought to portray him as merely obeying orders to protect his life and those of his family — while the prosecution has said he was the “personification” of the Khmer Rouge’s “ruthless efficiency”.

The trial has heard how inmates at S-21 — a former high school — had toenails and fingernails pulled out and had the blood drained from their bodies in primitive medical experiments.

Inmates were forced to give false confessions of betraying the regime or working for foreign intelligence services. Only around a dozen of the 15,000 men, women and children taken there are known to have survived.

Most prisoners were taken to a so-called “Killing Field”, an orchard at Choeung Ek, near Phnom Penh, killed by a blow to the base of the neck with a steel club and then had their bellies sliced open.

The prison and the orchard now form a genocide museum.

The Khmer Rouge were toppled by Vietnamese troops and Vietnamese backed Combodian forces in 1979 but continued to fight a civil war for nearly two more decades. Pol Pot died in 1998.

For Cambodians the controversial tribunal, established in 2006 after nearly a decade of negotiations between Cambodia and the United Nations, is the last chance to find justice for the Khmer Rouge’s crimes.

Duch has been detained since 1999, when he was found working as a Christian aid worker in the jungle, and was formally arrested by the tribunal in July 2007.

The joint trial of four other more senior Khmer Rouge leaders is expected to start in 2011.

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40,000 Vietnamese die of smoking every year: official

In Vietnam Society on September 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Smoking claims about 40,000 deaths in Vietnam every year, Dr. Ly Ngoc Kinh, head of the Ministry of Health’s Treatment Management Department, told a Sep. 15 workshop in Hanoi.

Vietnam is among countries with a high rate of male smokers (56 per cent), according to reports by official agencies at the seminar.

It is estimated that the country spends VND14 trillion (US$777.8 million) annually for buying tobacco and over VND1 trillion for treatment of tobacco-related diseases, according to the reports.

The Ministry of Health and the American Cancer Society held the workshop to further raise public awareness of harm caused by smoking.

Source: SGGP