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More blind people access information

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm

More cassettes presented to the Speaking Book Library for the Blind

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm

More cassettes presented to the Speaking Book Library for the Blind

QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

The CapitaLand Company has offered 15,000 cassettes, valued at VND 100 million, to the Speaking Book Library for the Blind.

The Library will make tapescripts for nearly 100 book titles, including textbooks and literature books for children, from the cassettes.

All the free books will be presented to 85 schools and groups nurturing sightless children nationwide.

15 radio-announcer volunteers will read and record the book contents for blind children for their new academic year.

According to Ms Nguyen Huong Duong, Director of the Speaking Book Library for the Blind, the library needs 30,000 cassettes for sightless children to use each year.  

Source: TT

Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Surgical aid banned after patients go blind

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 10:36 am

Following a series incidents that left more than a score of people blind, the Ministry of Health has banned the use of trypan blue, a surgical aid used to stain the retinal membrane during cataract surgeries.

A representative of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health (L) visits  a patient who turn blind after eye surgery. ( Photo: Lao Dong)

The ministry decided to ban the drub following reports that twenty-two patients went blind earlier this year after undergoing cataract surgeries at the Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital.

Tests of equipment samples and drugs showed that the blindings were caused by infections that resulted from the Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria (pink-red rods) present in trypan blue made by the Indian Khosla Pharmaceutical Company.

The drug is imported and provided by Viet My Medical Equipment at 572/4 Le Quang Dinh Street , Go Vap District.

The ministry also asked the Indian Khosla Pharmaceutical Company to withdraw all products nationwide as well as cooperate with relevant agencies to verify the cause of the problem and assume responsibility.

In addition, Khosla must report on the quality and quantities of the drug distributed in Vietnam.

The hospital’s director Tran Thi Phuong Thu said three more patients had been discharged from the hospital following intensive treatment after the incidents. However, one or two of those patients are expected to go blind as strong antibiotics have not made their situation any better.

Other patients in the southern provinces of Dong Nai and An Giang have also recently gone blind due to infections from the pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria caught at eye hospitals.

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Source: SGGP

Patients turn blind after eye surgery

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2010 at 10:30 am

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health June 4 liaised with the city Eye Hospital about 22 patients going blind after undergoing cataract surgeries.

The Eye Hospital carried out eye operations on the 22 patients.  However, all patients have returned to hospital because the surgeries left them blind. Since, seven patients have been discharged from the hospital, but the rest remain, still unable to see.

Patient Huynh Thuc Sung (pictured) from the southern province of Dong Nai can not see after eye surgery at the Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital( Photo: SGGP)

According to Dr. Lam Kim Phung, the Eye Hospital’s deputy director, tests of equipment samples and drugs showed that were Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria (pink-red rods) present in the gram-stained of trypan blue.

The agent is a surgical aid used to stain the retinal membrane during cataract ophthalmologic surgeries.

The Indian Khosla Pharmaceutical Compny makes the drug. Dr. Phung said the hospital opted for an Indian-made drug because the pharmaceutical company won the bidding.

According to foreign experts, the blue dye is intended for use in the process known as phacoemulsification and the hospital claims the Ministry of Health approved the use of the dye in eye operations.

In addition, the hospital’s scientific council had a meeting to examine the operation procedures, concluding that everything was conducted properly.

The Department of Health June 4 ordered the hospital to stop using the blue dye at medical clinics in the city.

Source: SGGP

Almost 23,000 children blind in both eyes

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Blind woman dares all odds to see a brighter future

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:25 am

A thin, blind young woman about 1.57 meters tall, Nguyen Thi Men is not likely to impress anyone at first sight. But the more you learn about her life, the more you are in awe of this incredible person.

Men reviews her lessons before a new class (Photo: SGGP)
Blind at birth, she was just eight years old when her mother left her at the Ho Chi Minh City Child and Elder Welfare Foundation.
She lived in a dark, unseen world that had no happiness, no smile in it. We can only try to imagine the pain and hurt she felt during her childhood.
When she was 14, she was transferred to the HCMC Blind Association. There, she had chance to learn a few skills and also work to earn some income. After learning to provide therapeutic massages, she was promoted to work at a massage parlor operated by blind persons. At that time, she thought her life was finding its way to happiness, but, yet again, fate did not smile at her.
While most people visit massage parlors operated by blind persons to support them, there are some who do not come for just a massage. On one working shift, an old customer sexually harassed her. Shocked, she asked permission to quit, not daring to reveal the true reason, only saying she was not feeling well.
She lost a vocation, and her faith was shaken, but she held on to the dream of a better life, of finishing college and finding a job to stand on her own feet like a normal person. She chose to study with the HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities. But the path to the university, difficult for most persons, was particularly ardous for a blind girl like her.
One of the first obstacles Men had to face in preparing for the university entrance examination was to raise the tuition fees for attending classes. Listening to the radio everyday, she had a long list of prospective employers. However, none of them accepted her, and offered no excuse for their rejection. Not giving up, Men decided to sell lottery tickets and use the income to pay the class fees.
At the first class, Men met with a lot of skepticism and even rude curiosity by her classmates. Nobody believed that she could finish the class and pass the test. Her teacher was not an exception.
As the days passed, however, the skepticism turned to admiration of her intelligence and her will power. During the tutorial class, her teacher only called out the reference numbers of the correct answers, instead of reading the full answer. Since there was no book from this class for blind persons, she could not follow the lessons and directions at first. This girl was still not daunted. She bought a tape recorder using money earned from selling lottery tickets and asked everyone in her school, from classmates and teachers to supervisors and school guards, to read answers from every lesson into her recorder. Her patience, diligence and sincerity left no one untouched. Using her recordings, she eventually had a book of her own in Braille.
Now people were not so surprised when she passed the entrance exams, and was accepted into her dream university.
Men has to wake up before 6am and walk to the wholesale lottery ticket seller armed with only a stick to find her way, unaided by anyone. Departing from Cong Quynh Street in District 1, Men does not take the bus from near her place, but walks all the way to Tran Hung Dao Street to catch it there. She does this to save as much as possible for her studies.
Her working area is District 6, quite far from where she stays. Everyday, for every 100 lottery tickets sold, she earns VND60,000, of which VND20,000 is used up for eating and drinking and the rest is saved. She had not informed her teachers from the association that she sells lottery tickets for a living, afraid that her teachers would prevent from doing it, deeming it too dangerous for her. She says she understands their affection and fears for her, but still wants to earn money on her own to pay her school fees.
By dint of hard work and thrift, Men has been able to buy a netbook which helps her a lot. She has completed her first year with good grades, and compiled a collection of academic texts for blind people that she has herself made.
In her free time, Men keeps a diary and pens poetry. Not surprisingly, her poems carry a lot of pathos. Men explains: “At a young age, mother took me to the Ho Chi Minh City Child and Elder Welfare Foundation and left me there without even saying goodbye. Any blind person, not just me, would have thought about death at least once.
“But that was my past. Now I choose to send my sadness to the poems. Now, as I grow, I love my life all the more.”

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Blind teacher’s songs give hope to kids

In Vietnam Education on November 20, 2009 at 10:49 am

Audiences were touched by a song written by blind music teacher Nguyen Van Thanh which he performed recently at the Nguyen Dinh Chieu School for the blind in Ho Chi Minh City. He wrote the song as a special gift for his students.

Nguyen Van Thanh (standing) helps a student at the Nguyen Dinh Chieu school for the blind in Ho Chi Minh City ( Photo: SGGP)

The song incites students to believe in a happy future despite the hardships of being blind, he says. “I just lost the light but I still have the opportunity to study and teach, and I have friends around who love me,” said Thanh.

Born in 1970, Thanh lost his vision after suffering a serious illness at the age of three. He was sent to study at Nguyen Dinh Chieu School and later went on to study at Pedagogy College.

Upon graduation, Thanh applied for a teaching position at his old school for the blind, hoping to pass on his experiences to a new generation and honor his former teachers.

Fellow teacher Thanh Xuan said, “Students … become absorbed in Thanh’s music and quickly learn his songs by heart.”

The teacher has been honored with several awards for his performances in musical festivals over the years. And with Thanh’s unwavering dedication, several of his students have also gone on to win top prizes for singing at annual music competitions held by the education sector.

Thanh’s songs have even been performed at the Pacific Asia Music Festival for disabled people in Thailand, Japan and China and lauded by the international community.

Some songs, including “Teachers’ words,” have now been translated into English. He sings his songs with a fervor and love for life, inspiring hope in others.

Thanh wakes up early each day to catch a bus from his house in Cu Chi District and heads to Nguyen Dinh Chieu school where he works until 8PM. Despite the grueling schedule and hard work, he says he never thinks about quitting. “I [think about] my beloved pupils on the way to school and hear the laughter of my wife and baby on the way back home,” he says.

“Owing the old school … I spend my whole life repaying it,” Thanh sings from his song “In debt,” written when he first came to teach at Nguyen Dinh Chieu school.

On November 18 Thanh received the coveted 2009-2010 Vo Truong Toan Prize for excellence in teaching.

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Blind people need help to access IT

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2008 at 2:16 pm

– Government agencies, the SIDA of Sweden and the Vietnam Blind Association (VBA) are working to seek ways to help blind people gain access to information technology to improve their living conditions.

At a symposium in Hanoi on August 6, vice president of the Vietnam Blind Association, Nguyen Xuan Huong, said his association has annually helped 100-150 members learn IT and its applications since it launched a related programme in 2004.

However, Huong said there were more than 90 percent of 600,000 blind people in the country that have never had access to computers and cannot tell the difference between software and hardware.

He said that IT centres for blind people were found in only 12 out of the country’s 64 provinces and cities with some running software programmes that were unusable.

Participants proposed concerned agencies to develop IT training methods appropriate to blind people to enable them to have useful skills supporting their work and life.-