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Alarming pollution in outskirt districts

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

More enterprises to cause environmental pollution have sought suburban districts to release waste, however, industrialization process has turned remote districts into crowded areas so industrial wastes from enterprises are destroying residents’ health.

Harmful smoke of a dumping ground in ward Long Binh gives  out (Photo: SGGP)

Many traditional brick-kilns in wards Long Binh and Long Thanh district 9 haunted pedestrians and members of households near by. Black thick columns of smoke released everyday and roofs and trees are covered with smoke.

In addition, wastes of these brick-kilns have covered streets of the wards. Take Nguyen Xien Street as an example. People have to wear face masks because dust from brick-kilns, cement and plastics workshops flies in the air.

Inhabitants Le Thi Lua and Nguyen Thi Tuoi said they had to close all doors but food and beverages are still covered with dust and they inhaled unpleasant smell.

Likewise, residents in communes Pham Van Hai, Tan Nhut and Le Minh Xuan near by the Le Minh Xuan Industrial Zone also live with pollution. The polluted areas have many canal systems which used to be clean and fish and shrimp ca live but they disappeared now. Inhabitants are in despair because they can’t grow any trees or feed animal. Somebody who tried to catch fish or crab will suffer ulcerated skin.

Angry with the raised pollution level, the locals and France’s Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City sent a letter to relevant agencies for help. But the circumstance has not been improved. While waiting for involvement of the government, people stopped trucks of kilns and factories from entering the street.

Source: SGGP

Violations on food hygiene and safety at alarming level

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 11:17 am

Food hygiene and safety issues have once again alarmed officials, after over 52,000 businesses did not meet food hygiene and safety standards in just one month. Only half of violators were penalized.

Street food is popular in Hanoi. (Filed photo)

The Food Hygiene and Safety Department under the Ministry of Health reported the results of the 2010 Action Month for Food Hygiene and Safety implementation at a July 27 press conference.

According to Nguyen Thanh Phong, deputy chairman of the department, the number of violations of food hygiene and safety are increasing.

Last month, inspectors checked 210,062 enterprises, mainly food processing and packing plants that trade milk, confectionary and bottled beverages and kitchens within industrial zones.

52,009 of 210,062 were did not meet requirements; 31,000 businesses were found in violation of food and safety standards in the Action Month for Food Hygiene and Safety last year.

Eleven central inspection delegations worked in 33 provinces and cities, uncovering most violations (67.11 percent), while 25 percent of violations were uncovered by local inspection teams.

Although the number of violations is at high level, punishments for food safety violations are still limited, especially at localities throughout the country.

At the press conference, the department also reported that the number of food poisoning victims continued to increase.

To date, there have been 88 food poisoning cases nationwide so far this year, causing 32 casualties and affecting 2,929 people, an increase of 8.9 percent compared to the same period last year, the department said.

Source: SGGP

Infant gender imbalance reaches alarming levels

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Infant gender imbalance reaches alarming levels

QĐND – Friday, July 02, 2010, 21:55 (GMT+7)

Vietnam is facing a growing gender imbalance among newborns, with 110.6 boys born as compared with 100 girls in 2009, said a health official.

The Deputy Minister of Health, Nguyen Ba Thuy, released this information at a press conference in Hanoi on July 2 to introduce activities to be held in response to the World Population Day (July 11).

Ten years ago, the infant gender ratio was 106.2 boys for every 100 girls, he said, citing the prenatal gender selection which occurs mainly in the Red River Delta provinces and in well-off families as a major reason.

According to last year’s census, by April 1, 2009, Vietnam ’s population had reached 85.79 million, of whom 70.4 percent were living in rural areas and the rest in urban centres.

The total fertility rate has dropped to below the replacement level, from 2.33 children per woman in 1999 to 2.03 children per woman last year.

Thuy said Vietnam’s population is aging, while the quality of the population and the human development index, especially in terms of height, weight and strength, remain low compared with regional nations.

He added that the country would cope with more challenges in the years to come as the numbers of child-bearing age women, unexpected pregnancy and abortion among juveniles and adults are on the rise.

To improve the quality of the population, the population and family planning sector will continue to better reproductive health services, keep the birth rate at a reasonable level and ensure the infant gender imbalance not exceed 115 boys for every 100 girls.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND