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Soc Trang poor patients get free eye surgery

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:13 am

Ophthalmology doctors from Ho Chi Minh City have provided free eye operations to some 200 disadvantaged patients in the Mekong delta province of Soc Trang.

From January 9 to January 10, ophthalmologists from Nguyen Trai Hospital conducted free eye surgery for 200 poor people, who suffered from cataract diseases. The operations were performed at the General Hospital of Long Phu District and the province’s Eye Center.

The Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper management and the Sponsoring Associations for Poor Patients in the city covered the cost of the operations, which was around VND160 million.

In addition, benefactors and enterprises through the Xuan Nhan Ai (Charitable Spring) program raise money for the operations. The Vietnam News Agency office in the Mekong delta, from the city of Can Tho, also gave patients gifts worth VND300,000.

Source: SGGP

Experts eye ways to protect national park

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:39 am

Experts eye ways to protect national park

QĐND – Wednesday, December 01, 2010, 21:25 (GMT+7)

Tourism promotion and environmental protection in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park were discussed on Nov. 30 in a seminar between Vietnamese and German representatives.

The seminar is part of a communication project funded by the German Development Cooperation to protect the park.

“Environment protection and tourism development cannot contradict each other. We support Vietnam through new communication initiatives that will be joined by the local community to protect the environment,” said Constanze Esenwein, a representative from the German Embassy.

The participants discussed their attempts to promote environmental protection in the community.

The project will focus on delivering brochures, organising exhibitions and screening documentaries to help the community learn about environmental protection.

Tourists will be responsible for protecting the diversity of fauna and flora in the park, said Constanze.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is located to the north of the Truong Son mountain range in the central province of Quang Binh, one of the world’s two largest limestone regions.

The over 200,000ha park includes beautiful formations, grottoes and caves, and boasts lush forests covering 95 percent of the land.

According to initial statistics, the tropical forest in the park houses 140 families, 427 branches, and 751 species of plants, of which 36 are endangered and listed in the Vietnam Red Book.

The forest is also home to 381 species of four-legged invertebrates. Sixty-six species are listed in the Viet Nam Red Book and 23 others in the World Red Book.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Sarkozy appoints right-wing cabinet with eye on 2012

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 6:54 am

US, Australia expand ties with an eye on China

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 9:21 am

Swiss businesses eye Hanoi market

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Swiss businesses eye Hanoi market

QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

A delegation of 22 Swiss businesses headed by Baumgartner from Credit Suisse AG, one of the world’s leading banking and financial service providers, met with the Hanoi People’s Committee on October 18 with the aim to seek out investment opportunities in the capital city.

The businesses mainly operate in finance, banking, import-export, investment management, tourism, industrial production and real estate.

Nguyen Huy Tuong, Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, briefed the guests on the city’s potentials and strengths after it was expanded in 2008, saying the city’s investment policies have reaped positive outcomes.

According to the municipal leader, Hanoi encourages investors in banking, finance, tourism, clean technology and brain-intensive industries.

The aforementioned areas are of Switzerland ’s strengths, he said, stressing that Hanoi will create favourable conditions for Swiss business to invest in the city.

During the meeting, the Swiss businesses said they are impressed by the rapid development of Hanoi and the capital’s 1,000 year-old culture.

Baumgartner said through the gathering, the Swiss businesses get useful information regarding investment and other areas of their interest.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital returns Vietnam

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 at 11:23 am

The ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital – the world’s only airborne ophthalmic surgical and training facility – returned to Vietnam’s central coastal city of Da Nang on August 10, to transfer ophthalmic surgical techniques as well training programs.

Eye experts of the Flying Hospital are conducting the first surgery (Photo: Courtesy of Orbis Vietnam)

From now to August 20, the hospital’s experts will provide treatment to 275 eye patients in Danang City and 200 people in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue in September.

Thirteen leading ophthalmic experts from the UK, the US, Canada and ten Laotian and Cambodian doctors, will deliver lectures to 41 ophthalmologists and nurses at Da Nang Eye Hospital.

In addition, around 100 ophthalmologists, 20 nurses and 15 technicians will receive online lectures from the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital’s surgery ward and will also receive hands-on instruction.

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital arrived in Vietnam for the first time at Da Nang Airport in October 2006; this is their third visit to Da Nang City.

Source: SGGP

Free eye surgery provided to the poor in Cambodia

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Free eye surgery provided to the poor in Cambodia

QĐND – Monday, July 26, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

As part of a program to help the poor in bordering provinces in Cambodia, the Tay Ninh Provincial Red Cross, in conjunction with the Nguyen Trai Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, sent a delegation of doctors to provide free healthcare and eye surgery and present gifts to poor people in Cambodia’s Svay Rieng Province.

After examining more than 400 people, doctors from the Nguyen Trai Hospital provided cataract surgery to 176 patients with medical technologies brought from Vietnam.

Doctor volunteers from the Tay Ninh Provincial Red Cross also gave free healthcare and medicines and presented gifts to 310 poor patients in the Cambodian province.

The total cost of medicines, surgery and gifts, worth more than VND 200 million, was financed by members of the delegation and sponsors.

Source: NLD&VNA

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

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

Australian foundation finances eye care project

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Analysis: Syria handles scud row with eye on US

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 8:51 am

 Faced with U.S. accusations that it’s raising the risks of a new Middle East war by supplying advanced missiles to Hezbollah, Syria is moving carefully to try to avoid wrecking the slow process of improving ties with Washington.

Syria has staunchly denied Israeli charges that it gave the Lebanese militant group powerful Scud missiles, and it has also been trying hard to show that it is not looking for any sort of escalation, insisting there is no crisis, whether on the ground with Israel or in its relations with the United States.

“Even if there is one percent risk of a war, we are working to eliminate that,” Syrian leader Bashar Assad reassured reporters while visiting Turkey last week.

Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, speaks during a join press conference with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, at the presidential palace, in Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday, May 11, 2010.

Syria’s handling of the affair reflects Assad’s resolve to prevent the crisis from snowballing and throwing the country back into the international isolation it endured under the Bush administration.

For Syria, a great deal rides on improved relations with the United States. Damascus wants Washington fully engaged as a mediator in future peace talks with Israel in hopes of reaching a deal that returns the Golan Heights, lost to the Jewish state in the 1967 Middle East war.

Normalized relations with the U.S. would also be a boost for Syria’s struggling economy, if it ended Washington’s sanctions on Damascus and signaled to the world the country’s rehabilitation.

The attempts at rapprochement have been frustrating for both sides. The United States has been trying to push Damascus to leave its close alliance with Iran and stop its support for Palestinian and Lebanese militant groups, a step that Syria so far has refused to take.

Syria, meanwhile, sees the prospects of renewed peace talks growing more distant under Israel’s hard-line Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and is impatient with the pace of the thaw in relations with Washington.

The U.S. has yet to send its nominated ambassador, Robert Ford, to Damascus to fill a post that has been vacant since 2005, and last week the Obama administration renewed sanctions on Syria for another year.

While the flap over missile allegations has hiked tensions, it has also won for Damascus something it values: attention.

The office of Israeli President Shimon Peres said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to deliver a message to Assad seeking to ease tensions. Medvedev met with Assad in Damascus on Tuesday, though he made no mention of the message in a joint press conference with the Syrian leader.

Netanyahu on Tuesday underlined that Israel wants “stability and peace,” and deflected blame to Iran, which he said is trying to provoke a conflict between Israel and Syria.

The Iranians “are spreading falsehoods in order to escalate tensions, and it has no basis,” he said.

The crisis began last month when Israel accused Damascus of giving Hezbollah Scud missiles. Last week, the head of Israel’s military intelligence research department, Brig. Gen. Yossi Baidatz went further, saying Syria had also supplied M600 missiles, a Syrian copy of the Iranian Fateh-110, with a 182-mile (300-kilometer) range — capable of hitting Tel Aviv if fired from southern Lebanon.

While not confirming the Israeli accusation, Washington followed up with one of its own, saying Syria’s transfer of increasingly sophisticated weaponry to Hezbollah could spark a new Middle East war.

Neither Israel nor the United States have produced evidence to back up their allegations, but Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has said his Shiite guerrilla group has acquired more advanced rockets than what it used in its summer 2006 war with Israel.

Still, Syria says the uproar over the missiles has no real impact on its ties with the U.S.

“What is heard publicly from the Americans is exaggerated. What binds us together behind closed doors is entirely different from what is heard in the media,” Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad says.

The accusations raised fears in Lebanon, Syria and Israel that a new war could erupt. But the flap may have more to do with sending signals in the maneuvering over the peace process and U.S.-Syrian relations.

If the accusations are true, Syria may be aiming to show the danger if there is no movement on a peace deal with Israel.

Syria has for years used its close ties to Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas and other radical Palestinian factions to strengthen its bargaining position, hoping that Washington and its Western allies would grant it some of its wishes in exchange for downgrading those alliances.

While the U.S. continues to keep Syria at an arm’s length, Assad has no one to turn to except Iran and neighboring Turkey, said Peter Harling, a Damascus-based Syria expert with the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based research center.

“Syria tends to respond only to concrete offers on the table. To date, there is no offer coming from the U.S.,” he said. “Damascus is currently presented only two compelling bids: Iranian support in the face of increased risks of war with Israel, and a Turkish partnership toward greater economic and political integration in the region.”

But by going public with the accusations, U.S. and Israel could gain a tool to pressure Syria to moderate its behavior — by signaling that they are watching its actions.

“My take is that the charges are designed to press Syria to … deliver in regard to Palestinian reconciliation and to be aware of the danger of using the Lebanese front,” said Amr Hamzawy, Middle East research director at the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment.

Bilal Saab, a Middle East expert from the University of Maryland at College Park who regularly briefs U.S. officials on Lebanon and Syria, said the crisis “presents an opportunity to Washington.”

“U.S. officials have always needed leverage in their talks with the Syrians,” he said. “This might be the perfect leverage.”

Source: SGGP