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85 percent road accidents caused by drivers’ faults

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:03 am

Eighty five percent of traffic accidents occurred due to drivers’ carelessness, Transport Minister Ho Nghia Dung told Sai Gon Giai Phong newspapers at a conference on traffic accidents.

A laden vehicle travels  in streets ( Photo: SGGP)

Mr. Dung said that the authorities have tried to reduce road accidents by raising residents’ awareness of traffic safety issues, and by imposing heavier penalties for violating traffic laws.

However, there are many causes of traffic accidents, but most happened due to the carelessness of drivers.

Drivers travel at high speed along streets and encroach onto opposite lanes on the road. This has clearly showed that all efforts to educate people, regarding traffic laws have failed, said Mr. Dung.

The minister admitted that the use of textbooks, at drivers’ training classes for obtaining a license, has not concentrated on raising awareness of motorcycle hazards on the road. Therefore, the transport authorities have made some minor adjustments in the textbooks.

These adjustments include three additional chapters, which include predictions of dangerous situation in streets, knowledge on how to prevent traffic accidents and how to protect oneself, and first aid knowledge about road injuries.

Transport authorities may cancel and revoke a driver’s license, if a driver has violated traffic laws many times.

For Tet (lunar New Year) holidays, authorities will try to further reduce road accidents by way of prohibiting unsafe vehicles, from traveling on streets, and by controlling boats without lifebuoys.

Street wardens will impose harsh penalties on those drivers that violate law regulations. These traffic violations include vehicles that travel at high speed, vehicles who encroach onto opposite lanes, driving while drunk and over laden vehicles.

The National Traffic Safety Committee, the Ministry of Transport and local government’s officials will work to ensure that all drivers on the road adhere to traffic regulations from January 24 to February 7.

The National Traffic Safety Committee in Hanoi held the conference.

The number of traffic accidents in 2010 in Vietnam is 14,442, an increase of over 1,788 cases. Although the road crash fatalities have dropped by 47 cases, it is still high with 11,449 people dying on the roads.

The injury toll is also up by 2,500 cases, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee’s statistics.

The northern province of Lai Chau, the highlands province of Kon Tum and the Mekong delta province of Bac Lieu have witnessed a high number of traffic-related deaths.

The National Traffic Safety Committee plans to further reduce road accidents and traffic death by at least 3 percent.

Source: SGGP

Health Ministry says 85 City chemists meet standards

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2008 at 1:45 pm

Around 85 drug stores in Ho Chi Minh City are qualified to meet the new Good Pharmacy Practices (GPP) standard.

This follows an order from the Ministry of Health last year that requires all pharmacies to meet the GPP standard by 2011 in order to remain in operation.

The GPP standard requires pharmacy owners to have a pharmacist’s certificate and a pharmacist always on duty. It further requires that drugs clearly display their origin of manufacture and instructions for storage and use.

Out of the 85 GPP-complicant drug stores, 41 are managed by city hospitals, with the rest being privately-owned.

Recently, the HCM City Department of Health has set a target to get 100 percent of the city’s pharmacies GPP-complicant in 2009. Out of the country’s approximate 3,816 pharmacies, 70 percent are in HCM City .

Pham Khanh Phong Lan, the department’s deputy head, said she was urging public hospitals to be the vanguard in standard compliance, since hospital pharmacies make up 70 percent of the city’s drug market.

One of the most challenging tasks for drug store owners in complying with the standard is finding qualified pharmacists to staff their stores.

Trinh Nguyen Tuyen, owner of the Thien An Drugstore in Tan Binh District, said that while she could afford to comply with all the GPP’s requirements, she was unable to find a pharmacist.

According to Lan, the city’s medicine branch is facing a great challenge in staffing pharmacists. She attributed this to the fact that 100 percent of pharmacists open their own pharmacies.

HCM City has around 3,956 pharmacists, at a rate of 4.5 pharmacists per 1,000 people. This is three times higher than the national rate but is still lower that the world’s average.-

85 billion VND for building inland water area conservation parks

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2008 at 12:37 pm

The Prime Minister has approved a 85 billion VND plan to develop a system of inland water area conservation parks until 2020 with the aim of protecting and developing fishery resources and water ecosystems.

Accordingly, 45 inland water area conservation parks will be built in 63 provinces and cities nationwide.

The first phase (2008-2010), costing 15 billion VND, will focus on building and operating five conservation parks in the Red River Delta, the Mekong Delta and the Central Highlands.

The second phase, 2011-2015 will need 50 billion VND for the establishment of 25 more conservation parks, including a national-level one, while 15 others will be set up in the 2016-2020 period at an estimate cost of 20 billion VND.-

Saigontel profits up over 85 percent for year’s half

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Saigon Technology and Telecom JSC( Saigontel) earned revenue of 677.14 billion VND (41 million USD) in the first half of the year, 86.5 percent more than the same period last year.

Post-tax profits totalled 100.88 billion VND, an increase of 96 percent.

This year, the company has set revenue targets at 1.2 trillion VND and post-tax profit at 225 billion VND.-