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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

Around 5,000 walk for the poor

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Dengue fever hotline for must run around clock: MOH

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm

The Ministry of Health June 27 ordered its subdivisions to maintain a hotline concerning dengue fever, to combat the disease that is on an upward trend.

A health worker is examining dengue fever children at Children Hospital No. 2 (photo: SGGP)

Municipal and provincial departments of health were asked to keep in touch with hospitals the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, the National hospital for Children, Hue Hospital, the Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, and two hospitals No. 1 and 2 for children, also in HCMC.


MOH warned that the disease is plaguing southern provinces, while more people in the central and highlands provinces are contracting dengue fever as well.


Figures showed that the number of infected people in the central and highlands is over 4,000, a rate that doubles numbers from the same period in 2009. Affected provinces include Khanh Hoa, Thua Thien-Hue, Phu Yen, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Da nang, Kon Tum and Gia Lai.


Moreover, Hanoi recorded over 300 people infected with the ailment; July is considered the peak season for the disease.


Antibiotic resistance due to severe abuse has reached alarming rate in Vietnam, according to a recent survey conducted by the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit and the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases.


A survey, conducted at pharmacies and hospitals in Hanoi over a one-month period found that cases in which children are prescribed antibiotics unnecessarily are rampant.


Uncontrolled use and abuse of antibiotics has caused a severe resistance to the medicines in Vietnam. The survey also reported that over 60 percent of people are resistant to medication that treats pneumonia.

Source: SGGP

Around 2,000 newborn Vietnamese babies infected with HIV

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 10:30 am

There are an estimated 6,000 pregnant women infected with HIV annually in Vietnam, 35 percent of whom are likely to transmit the virus to their newborn babies, according to a recent survey conducted by the Ministry of Health (MoH).


The National Committee for AIDS, Drug and Prostitution Control, part of MoH,  launched a Month of Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV, calling on pregnant women to take HIV tests for their babies’ health on June 2.

Mother can transmit HIV virus during stages of prenancy. Approximately 2,000 newborn kids of infected mothers have contracted the virus from their mothers unless no appropriate interventions must be taken to prevent mother-to-child transmissions

Pregnant women infected with HIV, are on the rise, according to the National Committee for AIDS, Drug and Prostitution Control, saying that approximately 2,000 newborn kids of infected mothers have contracted the virus from their mothers.  Appropriate interventions must be taken to prevent mother-to-child transmissions.


Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong, also Chair of the National Committee for AIDS, Drug and Prostitution Control, instructed agencies to help pregnant mothers access early diagnoses and take timely intervention measures in order to alleviate prenatal HIV transmission.


Services are available at 225 sites across the country, where pregnant women are provided with voluntary HIV tests, antiretroviral drugs to prevent prenatal transmission and powder milk for babies born to HIV-infected mothers.


However, most of HIV-infected mothers in Vietnam are not diagnosed until they have already arrived at health care facilities to deliver their babies, causing difficulty for health workers to give consultation and provide treatment against the transmission of the virus from mothers to children.

Source: SGGP

Floating around

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 3:26 am




Floating around


QĐND – Sunday, May 02, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)


For several generations, these markets have kept afloat rural livelihoods, a way of life, and a distinct culture.


Floating markets are great tourist draws.


Found only in Southeast Asia, the sight of boats as shops and food stops, the colors of the boats and the produce, ranging from flowers to fruits and vegetables to everything else found in on-land markets, never fail to impress.


However, if you were to tarry a while, the markets have interesting stories to tell, stories of those whose families have been clothed and fed for generations by them, of those who have met their life partners there, and those who cannot imagine their lives without it.

When the first rays of the sun spread their light, thousands of boats of different sizes have already converged along the Tien and Hau rivers in locations that have remained the same for centuries, whether it is Cai Be (TienGiangProvince), Tra On (VinhLongProvince), Phong Dien (Can Tho City) or Thoi Binh (Ca Mau Province).


Not only have the boats gathered, but the markets are already in full swing at dawn. The scene of sellers skillfully throwing and catching goods from one boat to another with the skill of jugglers is one that stands out, but there are many other chaotic scenes where the underlying method is not immediately apparent.


Unlike shops and stalls in ordinary markets, sellers cannot cry out their wares since it is impossible to be heard amidst the noise of running boat engines. So samples of goods are hung on bamboo poles that can be easily seen from afar.


Floating markets draw people from everywhere, and a boats initials, like registration plates, identify where it is from. A boat marked “TG” is one that comes from TienGiangProvince, for instance.


Among the big boats are small ones darting in and out selling cooked food and drinks to market-goers and visitors. These swimming canteens skillfully draw alongside boats ordering food and drinks, but there are also occasions when the big boats make a food stop by the side of smaller ones.


One would expect that a floating market is no place for a service industry, but these days, they also offer several “modern” services like installing ringtones and wallpaper for cell phones and cell phone repairs.


Repositories of culture


Floating markets are also living museums of the southern traditional culture that has been fostered by the Mekong Deltas interlacing waterway systems.







The floating market has helped Van raise her three children and send them to school

With the advent of several new road networks and bridges over many rivers, as well as the setting up of supermarkets on the mainland, the indispensability of floating markets has been dented somewhat, but the waterways still offer the only route to several rural remote areas in the region.


But many locals still prefer floating markets which have been a part of their daily lives and livelihoods for generations.


Lam, a merchant from HauGiangProvince who drives his boat to Can Tho Citys Cai Rang Floating Market, one of the biggest in the south, says: “My whole clan lives as vendors on floating markets. We own more than ten boats.”


They have an advantage in working together because they can easily exchange information about prices and demand and supply in market, Lam adds.


Di Ba, as she is called by everyone at the Cai Rang Floating Market, is probably the most famous name among food sellers here. For more than thirty years, the woman whose real name is Nguyen Thi Ngoc Van, has taken her small boat to the market, serving bun (noodle) to the locals.


Her family was very poor, Di Ba says. “Like other poor people, my husband and I have to go “down” the river for a living since we dont have any job or land.”


However, this 60-year-old woman has not only raised her three children well, but also given them a complete education that has changed their lives.


Her children dont want their mother to continue selling noodles at the floating market at her age, but Di Ba cannot quit. “I am so attached to the market that I feel uncomfortable if I am separated from it.”


Source: thanhniennews


Source: QDND

Australia stranding kills around 30 dolphins

In Uncategorized on April 14, 2010 at 7:34 am

SYDNEY, April 14, 2010 (AFP) – Wildlife experts have rescued 11 dolphins beached in a remote area of the Australian island of Tasmania, but around 30 animals died in the stranding, officials said Wednesday.


Locals reported that up to 50 bottlenose dolphins became stranded at the mouth of a river on the southern island’s rugged west coast during torrential rain and strong winds over weekend.


Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that 29 dolphins were estimated to have died in the beaching, but experts called to the Pieman River were able to return 12 survivors to the water.


With one more found dead on Wednesday, 11 are now believed to have made it to safety.


“It is certainly encouraging at this stage,” said Chris Arthur, a spokesman for Tasmania’s Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.


“We do know that four of those released were last seen near the mouth of the river and were moving well so we are hopeful they have made their way back out into the ocean.”


Arthur said an unknown number of dolphins remained in the river.


“We are hopeful that with weather conditions easing, the remaining dolphins in the river may be able to make their own way back out into the ocean,” he said in a statement.


Officials have said that the dolphins may have entered the Pieman River to feed and then become trapped in a shallow part of the waterway during a storm.


Marine biologist David Pemberton said he had not seen a stranding of dolphins like this in almost three decades in the field.


“This number of dolphins and then the deaths involved, it’s a strange one,” he told ABC.


“That river is deep, dark, cold, it’s flooding, rainforest down to the edges, log jams everywhere. It’s a hard place to be an oceanic dolphin.”

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Source: SGGP

Walk around Sword Lake for autism integration

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2010 at 2:15 pm




Walk around Sword Lake for autism integration


QĐND – Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)

Hanoi Autistics’ Family Club and channel O2TV will join hands in holding a meeting and a walk with the aim of assisting autistics with community integration on April 11th in Hanoi.


More than 400 families of children with autism and volunteers together with well-known artist Duc Hai will participate in a parade around the Sword Lake with a slogan “Together support children with autism to integrate into the community”.


The parade will help raise awareness of autism and to call for more supports for autism-affected children.


Autism has been known in Vietnam for nearly a decade. There will be unprecedented consequence of autism, which is growing, if the community does not know exactly what autism is.


No conclusive reasons for or treatment to autism have been found to date.


However, it is understanding and sympathy that can help people with autism integrate into the community.


The sooner children with autism are identified and treated, the more hopes for an independent life and a stable job they will have.


Source: Vietnam+


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

An Giang rushing to build detour around collapsed highway

In Uncategorized on March 25, 2010 at 9:06 am

Hundreds of workers, reserve army forces and residents March 24 rushed to evacuate homes that will soon be cleared away to build a detour around the collapsed section of Highway 91 in Binh My Commune, Chau Phu District, An Giang Province.

Site clearance work is carried out March 24 to build a detour around the collapsed section of Highway 91 in An Giang Province (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

The detour will be located 50 meters from the Hau Riverbank, where a 70-meter long section suddenly fell into the river on March 22, and will measure 10 meters wide and 500 meters long.


The province is evacuating 27 households away from the area to clear the site and the Road Management Zone 7 has been assigned to complete the detour within 10 days.


The road section will then be upgraded to meet highway safety standards.


Traffic has been temporarily re-routed to provincial road 941, though it is too narrow to safely accommodate all vehicles.


Thus, until the detour is completed, the provincial People’s Committee has tasked the Road Management Zone 7 and Chau Phu District with building a temporary, 3-meter wide road, which will run parallel to the landslide section at a distance of 300 meters from the riverbank. It will be open for vehicles with fewer than 16 seats to travel through.


The temporary road should be completed by March 26 at the latest, the People’s Committee said.


For safety reasons, all passengers will be asked to disembark from buses when travelling on the temporary road and walk across.


Tran Anh Thu, director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said it will take at least 15 days to modify three eddies in the Hau River, responsible for the highway landslide, with sand bags and stones.


As of March 24, the An Giang Province People’s Committee had spent VND7 billion (US$378,000) for Chau Phu District to evacuate and arrange accommodations for residents.


The Highway 91 landslide has also had a negative impact on An Giang Province’s tourism sector. Over the past few days, several travel companies have been canceling tours to An Giang, said Bui Hong Ha, deputy director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism on March 24.

Meanwhile, Phan Phat Dat, deputy director of the duty-free Thien Thien Phu supermarket in the Tinh Bien trade area, said the number of customers has dropped sharply since the incident. In particular, the transport of goods between Ho Chi Minh City and Tinh Bien has been made difficult and costly, said Dat.


Related articles:
Last of collapsed Highway 91 section falls into river
Mekong Delta highway section collapses into river

Source: SGGP

Stock market hovers around 550 points

In Vietnam Stock Market on September 11, 2009 at 7:41 am

The Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange remained unchanged on Thursday as investors are waiting for further falls in the market before jumping in.


The VN-Index, a measure of 170 companies on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, rose 0.8 percent, to close at 540.19 points. Of the index members, 72 stocks advanced, 75 dropped, and 23 were unchanged.


“Investors are cautious to the market’s moves, which have remained unclear recently,” Cat Tri, an analyst from a stock market newswire in Ho Chi Minh City, told Saigon Giai Phong Daily. “They bought a little when the market dropped, but they were also willing to sell as the market rallied. I expect the VN-Index to hover around 550 points this month.”


Vietnam Petroleum Transport Joint-Stock Co. (VIP), an oil tanker and barge operator also known as Vipco, rose by the daily five percent limit to a three-week high of VND19,000.


Vipco’s pretax profits in the January-to-August period rose 6.5 percent from the same period last year, to VND80.5 billion (US$4.5 million), the company, based in northern port city of  Haiphong, said in a statement on the exchange’s website. Vipco’s pretax profits in the first eight months were 91 percent of the full-year forecast, according to the statement.


Vinh Son-Song Hinh Hydropower Joint-Stock Co. (VSH), Vietnam’s second-biggest listed electricity producer, fell 3.4 percent, to VND40,000. The power company plans to sell additional shares and bonds to raise money for a VND5.74 trillion ($322 million) hydro-power plant in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum, Vinh Son-Song Hinh said on its website.


The company, based in the south-central coastal city of Quy Nhon, did not give any other details on the value or timeframe of the sale in the statement.


Binh Chanh Construction Investment Shareholding Co. (BCI) inched up 0.86 percent to close at VND58,500. The property developer announced on the bourse’s website that Pham Huynh Phuong Trang, daughter of supervisory board member Pham Minh Duc, sold 140,000 shares to cut her stake to 23,700 on September 4.


At the smaller bourse in Hanoi, the HNX-Index also edged up slightly 0.32 points, 0.19 percent, to finish at 167.34 points.


The UPCoM-Index of the unlisted stock moved up marginally 0.03 percent to 62.42 points as of 11am.


Source: SGGP