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6kg baby sets birth weight record in Tien Giang

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

Doctor Dang Van Phuc, deputy director of the Go Cong Town General Hospital, the Mekong province of Tien Giang, said a woman gave birth to a 6kg-baby girl who is the heaviest weight ever recorded at the hospital on December 17.

This happened after a 20-minute surgery, which was successfully performed by Doctor Dang Van Phuc.

In 2006, Mother Tran Thi Phuong, 29, bore a son who weighed in at 4.2kg.

The newly born baby and the mother are healthy, said the doctor, and they will be staying at the hospital for observation for next four to five days. This is only precautionary measure, said the doctor, due to the weight of the child.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam not found any baby bottles with BPA

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 at 9:27 am

The Ministry of Health’s Food Hygiene and Safety Department of Vietnam on December 17 announced that it has not found baby bottles containing bisphenol-A (BPA), which is a hormone-altering agent.

A woman uses a baby bottle to feed her newborn son. (Photo:AFP)

Earlier, the department had collected samples from baby bottles and food packing plastics for testing.

According to Nguyen Thanh Phong, deputy director of the Food Hygiene and Safety Department, BPA is an industrial chemical used in making plastics in most reusable food drink containers and baby bottles.

Vietnam authorities have detected a permissible bisphenol-A (BPA) level in the plastic bottles sold across the country.

Vietnam is applying the decision 46/2007/QĐ – BYT, which allows BPA to be at 2.5mg per kilogram of material.

A recent market survey in Vietnam showed that concerned parents in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are switching to bottles imported from Korea, England and Germany. These countries advertise that their bottles are ‘BPA free’. In addition, parents are also turning to glass bottles. Although heavier and more expensive, as compared to the plastic ones, glass bottles are probably much safer.

Nguyen Cong Khan, from the Ministry of Health, said that mothers should breastfeed their child as this can ensure better protection and enhance the immune system of the child.

In November, the European Community (EU) banned baby bottles containing the chemical BPA. This was due to fears that BPA might be harmful to the health of a child. The population of the EU is half a billion people.

The ban will see the manufacture of polycarbonate infant feeding bottles that have BPA, outlawed from March 1st 2011. In addition, from June 1st, 2011, the importation and sale of plastics bottles that contain BPA will be prohibited into the European Community.

Source: SGGP

Lawyer gives free legal assistance to tortured baby

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm

A lawyer of Binh Duong Province’s lawyers delegation on Friday agreed to provide free legal assistance to a three-year-old maltreated baby in Thuan An District, Binh Duong Province.

Thai Thanh Hai, deputy chairman of the lawyers delegation will help Ho Thi Thuy Ngan’s family draft denouncement paper and will institute proceedings against baby sister Tran Thi Phung.

She may be prosecuted according to Clause 10 of the Criminal Law for torturing the child, the lawyer said.

Hoang Ho Linh, director of the Binh Duong Legal Assistance Center said Phung’s behavior was enough to constitute a crime.

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Source: SGGP

Baby sister arrested for child maltreatment

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 11:20 am

Nguyen Thi Phung pictured at her house on Nov. 23, 2010 (Photo: VNExpress)

Thuan An District People’s Procuracy on November 25 approved a decision to urgently arrest baby sister Nguyen Thi Phung, 52, for torturing a three-year-old girl in the district of the southern province of Binh Duong.

Phung, questioned by authorities one day earlier, admitted that she maltreated three-year-old Ho Thi Thuy Ngan at her baby sitting house on November 20.

An unidentified person recorded this scene and then posted the clip on the Internet.

Ngan’s family have had the Binh Duong Legal Assistance Center to protect their little girl’s right.

In the clip, Phung stepped on Ngan to bath her and grabbed the child’s hair to continuously slap in her face and mouth with water.

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Baby sister maltreats three year old girl

Source: SGGP

Baby sister maltreats three year old girl

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:19 am

A baby sister stepped on a three year old baby to bath her and grabbed the child’s hair to continuously slap in her face with water.

Tran Thi Phung (L) make a statement with officials in Binh Duong Province on November 24 (Photo: SGGP)

That were seen on a video clip, has been posted on the internet. According to Sai Gon Giai Phong reporters, the case took place at a daycare in Binh Thuan 1 Hamlet, Thuan Giao Commune, Thuan An District, the northern province of Binh Duong on the afternoon of November 19 or 20.

Yesterday morning, the commune authorities and officials from the province Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs investigated the daycare, which is also the woman’s house.

The baby sister, identified as Tran Thi Phung, admitted that she had bathed the baby in the clip. Meanwhile, the little girl named Ho Thi Thuy Ngan, baby of a worker’s family, living near the daycare.

Ngan usually refused to have a bath, so Phung stepped on her body to prevent her from running around, Phung explained.

There was a swollen scar on Ngan’s head while the remaining five children’s bodies were black and blue and with scratches. Ms.Phung said the injuries had been caused as the babies fell down at their homes.

Having been not licensed, Phung has worked as a child minder for workers’ families for ten years old. At present, Phung takes care of six babies, aged from 1-3, with the prices of VND300-350,000 a month, including food expenses.

Local officials said that Thuan Giao Commune now has about 20 unlicensed daycares. In the beginning of each school year, investigators from departments examine these basics and remind them to register for licenses.

However, with such thin investigation, the illegal daycares still have gap to operate and partly meet demand of poor parents.

Thuan Giao’s population is about 9,000 while the number of immigrants is ten folds higher that number, Mai Thi Phuong, chairman of the commune’s Woman Association said.

In addition, the commune now has only one public and two private pre-schools, just able to accommodate 600-700 in the total of 2,000 children, from and below five year old.

Operation of Phung’s daycare should be halted to wait for decisions from authorized organizations, the chairwoman proposed.

Video clip of the baby tortured case


Source: SGGP

Private clinics violate law by revealing baby gender in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

Despite the Ministry of Health (MOH)’s ban on doctor’s revealing the gender of fetuses to expectant parents, most doctors in private clinics in big cities are more than glad tell parents anyway, as a way to draw more customers to their clinic.

Obstetric private clinics mushroom in streets in Hanoi. Due to pressures of competition, doctors of such hospital are often glad to reveal the gender of fetuses, despite the law forbidding the practice ( Photo: SGGP)

Private obstetrics clinics that provide ultrasound scan services capable of revealing the sex of unborn babies have mushroomed in Hanoi. Private clinics on Thai Thinh, Van Bao, De La Thanh and Giai Phong streets in Hanoi have seen influx of pregnant women waiting their turn to undergo an ultrasound scan.

However, the reliability of ultrasound results greatly depends on the technician’s experience and skill.

An anonymous doctor of a private hospital admitted most of expectant mothers would not undergo an ultrasound test purely to check on the baby’s position, general development or to see if congenital malformations are taking place, but to learn the gender of the baby.

If doctors refused to reveal the gender of fetuses, the clinic would not attract as nearly as many clients.

MOH banned doctors from revealing to prospective parents the gender of their unborn baby or else face having their licensees revoked.

The move is designed to redress the imbalance in the ratio of boys to girls in the country. Nguyen Ba Thuy, vice-minister and general director of the General Office for Population and Family Planning, expressed his concern that gender imbalance in Vietnam has reached an alarming level, blaming baby predictions that take place at private hospitals.

The gender ratio among newborns in Vietnam has risen to 112 boys for every 100 girls. In some localities in the Red River delta this rate has increased to 115 boys for every 100 girls.

Thus, doctors in private clinics must use different ways to tell expectant parents about the gender of the baby to avoid violating the ban.

A doctor said some couples, after learning their unborn fetus is a female, decide to abort it. For instance, a couple in the mountainous northern province of Son La, who already have two daughters, rushed to Hanoi for an ultrasound scan test to learn the gender of their unborn baby. They decided to remove the baby after being told the baby is a girl, despite being advised against doing so because the fetus was large. Unluckily for them, after aborting the baby, they were told it had been male.

Source: SGGP

Baby dies after getting five-in-one vaccine

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm

A three-month-old baby died on July 15 after receiving a five-in-one vaccine in the highlands province of Lam Dong.

Doctor Nguyen Huu Phuc, director of the provincial Preventive Medicine Center, called on July 16 for police investigation into the death.

The baby in Tan Lam Commune, Di Linh District was taken to the commune Medical Clinic by her parents on July 15 to be inoculated with the five-in-one vaccine. After the procedure, the parents kept her at the clinic for 30 minutes, as the doctor ordered.

Since she did not display worrisome symptoms, she was released from the clinic.  At home, the baby began having difficulty breathing and became pale. Her parents rushed her to the provincial General Hospital 2 in Bao Loc City, but the infant expired en route.

Immediately following the incident, the provincial Preventive Medicine Center withdrew stock of vaccines and needles from the clinic for further probe.

Source: SGGP

Smallest newborn baby in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2010 at 4:33 am

Smallest newborn baby in Vietnam

QĐND – Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

Baby girl Bui Thi Gai, born in the northern city of Hai Duong, came into the world at the 25th week of her mother’s pregnancy, when she weighed just 500g, making her the smallest newborn baby still alive in Vietnam.

Doctor Nguyen Thanh Ha, chief of the Hanoi-based Central Obstetrics Hospital’s Newborn Children Ward, said the baby was born March 31, when she was just 25 week old. The baby has been placed on a special programme to ensure her health.

The 500g baby has been nurtured through an IV because her stomach and bowels don’t function adequately yet.

Doctor Ha said this is the smallest baby who has been kept alive at the hospital and in Vietnam in general. Last year the hospital cared for a newborn baby who weighed only 600g, he said.

“Babies who are born prematurely often suffer from bleeding meninges, necrosis enteritis, bleeding lung, [and other maladies] because internal organs don’t develop completely. It is lucky that Gai doesn’t face these problems,” said Ha.

As of April 6, the baby no longer needed to use a respiratory machine to breathe, according to Ha.

As of April 8, she began eating normally, with 2ml of milk per meal. Today, the girl weighs 1.7kg and can breathe on her home. Doctors say she will return home very soon.

The baby’s mother, Bui Bich Ngoc, said she thought her baby would not survive given her premature birth.

“Every time we visit my daughter, seeing her growing up I and my husband are very happy,” Ngoc said.

Gai is Ngoc’s second child. Her first son is 10-years-old. She said she and her husband visit the baby every weekend. During the week, her relatives in Hanoi visit the baby daily.

Source: VNN

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Hospital staff rebuked for pronouncing live baby dead

In Vietnam Health on December 3, 2009 at 2:35 am

The discipline council of central Ninh Thuan Province’s General Hospital cut a doctor’s salary December 1 after she falsely pronounced a newborn infant dead. Another doctor and two nurses were also reprimanded for the incident which occurred last month.

HCM City’s Pediatric Hospital No.1 healthcare worker attends to the infant falsely pronounced dead ( Photo: SGGP)

Dr. Tran Thi Hong Hoa, head of the night shift on November 11 at the hospital’s Obstetrics Department, had her salary decreased while Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Xuan and nurses Le Thi Hong Van and Nguyen Thi Tuyet received warnings.

The staff admitted they had acted hastily in concluding the baby was dead and accepted the disciplinary action.

The newborn son of Truong Thi Thanh Truc was pronounced dead November 11. Staff asked his relatives to bury the infant’s body, but to their shock, the family realized the baby was still alive after bringing it home for a funeral.

They rushed the baby back to the hospital but despite the father’s desperate pleas, staff reportedly refused to treat the child saying he would likely die as the infant was born prematurely weighing just 1.2 kilograms. It was not until Ms. Truc’s husband flew into a rage that staff agreed to start resuscitation efforts. 

The baby was later transferred to the Ho Chi Minh City-based Pediatric Hospital No.1 and is reportedly improving.

In response to public opinion that the punishment for the staff is not adequate, Director of the provincial Health Department Le Minh Dinh said his division would reconsider the discipline after conducting an investigation.

The hospital council will submit its decision to the Health Department for an official recommendation.

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Miracle Aussie baby beats rare condition in world first

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2009 at 10:07 am

This handout photo taken on May 5, 2009 and received on November 5, 2009 shows “Baby Z” in Melbourne. (AFP photo)

MELBOURNE, Nov 5, 2009 (AFP) – A “miracle” Australian baby has become the first person cured of a rare and deadly brain-melting condition after doctors gambled on an experimental drug tested only on mice, they said Thursday.

The child, known only as “Baby Z”, was facing a painful death of seizures and brain damage from molybdenum cofactor deficiency, a genetic defect which causes a build-up of toxic sulphite and usually kills in months.

But she made an amazing recovery just three days after first being given the untested treatment which was flown in from Germany and rushed through the courts.

“We are looking at her now and she is just an absolute miracle — she has defied everybody,” her mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told reporters.

Baby Z started having seizures within 60 hours of her birth in May 2008, prompting her family to appeal to biochemist Rob Gianello to help beat the previously incurable condition which affects just one in a million Australians.

“There was courage and there was death — we opted for courage,” the mother said. “If she wasn’t treated she would die a very painful death.”

Baby Z’s doctor Alex Veldman said Gianello discovered an experimental drug which had been successfully used on mice by Germany’s Gunther Schwarz, but had never been tested on humans.

As Schwarz couriered his entire stock of the compound from Cologne to Melbourne, doctors were in a race against time to get ethics approval from the hospital and a court order clearing its use, with Baby Z worsening by the hour.

“The team … managed to get this therapy from bench to bedside in about two weeks, a process which normally takes several years,” Veldman said.

Within hours of receiving her first dose of the drug, cyclic pyranopterin monophosphate (cPMP), Baby Z’s sulphite levels plunged by more than two-thirds and were at normal levels within about three days.

Veldman said Baby Z’s alertness improved and her twitching slowed rapidly, with her seizures dropping by 90 percent in three weeks.

“The response was just amazing,” he told AFP.

“We can treat this in humans for the first time in (the history of) mankind. It has the potential to save lives all around the world.”

Baby Z’s development has been slowed by the brain damage she suffered before the treatment, and Veldman said she would need a cPMP injection every day for the rest of her life.

But her mother said the baby, now 18 months old, had started speaking and was physically active.

“Every day just gets better and better. We look at her every day and just think, ‘Wow’,” she said. “(The procedure) was a tiny bit of hope but, when you have nothing, that is a lot of hope.”

Veldman said a second child, “Baby P”, had since started cPMP treatment in Germany and was “improving rapidly”.

The cases were now being analysed ahead of a planned international human trial of the medication at Melbourne’s Monash Medical Centre, he said.

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