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Land fever to recur in 2011?

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:25 pm




Land fever to recur in 2011?


QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:4 (GMT+7)

Experts believe that sooner or later a land fever will occurr , , and this should not be seen as a spontaneous phenomenon, but as the result of the lack of appropriate economic regulations.


The demand for real estate increasingly high


As Vietnam urbanizes, more and more well-off families use their savings to purchase houses and land in Hanoi, HCM City and other big urban areas


With a population of 86 million, Vietnam ranks 13th among 218 countries and territories in the world, while its area ranks only  64th. With 260 people per square kilometer, Vietnam’spopulation density is double that of other Southaast Asian countires and five times higher than the average figure in the world. However, urbanites only account for 30 percent of the total population.


Analysts believe that together with the economic growth, the percentage of urbanites would increase from 30 percent to 50 percent in the next 10 years.


Moreover, the growing prosperity of the national economy has been attracting overseas Vietnamese and foreigners. More and more overseas Vietnamese have been returning to Vietnam, and many of them want to settle here. The number of foreigners working for representative offices and international institutions has been increasing, also raising the demand in the real estate market.


Once the number of urban residents and the living standards standards increase, the demand for accommodation will grow accordingly. Sincethe land fund is limited, this pushes the price of the real estates. This explains why the market regularly witnesses land fevers.


The “periodic motion” of the real estate market


Since 1993, the real estate market has witnessed four  instances of land fever. The first one occurred in 1993-1994, the second one in 2001-2002, the third in late 2007 and the latest in early 2010.


One can see that there was a long, 6-7 year period of time between the first and the second, with each lasting two years. Meanwhile, the time between the two last fever attacks was shorter and their duration was also shorter. The third land fever in 2007-2008 lasted only six months, while the fourth lasted four months only.


This was because of the timely intervention from the State. the State, which holds big areas of land and a large accommodation fund, and other financial tools, successfully cooled the fever.


Another factor that affected the real estate market in Vietnam was the global financial crisis in early 2008. After 2010, when the economic recession bottoms out, a new period of recovery and price increases will begin.


Dr. Nguyen Thac Hoat, a finance expert, believes that a recurrence of land fever is inevitable.


The influences of macroeconomic factors


Contrary to most experts’ predictions , Nguyen Tho Phung, a real estate expert at Vietinbank, thinks that the land price fever is not very likely to happen, at least in the first half of 2011.


The main reasonbeing, i that the State Bank of Vietnam has requested commercial banks to limit the loans to the real estate sector. Besides, once the plan for Hanoi development by 2030 is approved, many new real estate projects will be implemented.  the land price fever? will not occur, once the supply is profuse.


Dr. Nguyen Van Nam, former Member of the Prime Minister’s Research Team, said that in general, before the Communist Party’s Congress, all activities in the national economy seem to go more slowly.


The new period forof the national economy will begin after January, when the Communist Party’s Congress finishes.


The goods prices and inflation may increase again. The real estate prices may also increase, because the demand for real estate is becoming higher and higher, not only from those, who need accommodation, but also from those who want to save their money in assets.


Source: VNN


Source: QDND

Dengue fever continues to spread across Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:26 pm

So far this year dengue fever outbreaks nationwide have sickened 55,430 and claimed 42 lives, officials said. Therefore, the country needs to strengthen measures to limit the outbreak of the disease.

The dengue virus is spread by the mosquito Aedes aegypti.


The worst affected region was the Central region,  Central Highlands and Mekong Delta.


According to centers for Preventive Health in locals, this year’s massive outbreak was fuelled by poor mosquito eradication efforts.


To combat and control the disease, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung September 18 asked provinces and cities to implement preventative measures such as conducting environment sanitation and mosquito extermination.


Health authorities should work together with local people to raise their awareness of dengue problems and advise them to eradicate mosquitoes around their homes, officials said.


In addition, people should follow the health sector’s recommendations, such as sleeping in anti-mosquito nets, using traditional methods to exterminate mosquitoes and sending affected persons to hospitals as soon as infection occurs.


Hospitals need to prepare enough medicines and sickbeds to treat inpatients.

Source: SGGP

Dengue fever becomes complex in areas

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:53 am




Dengue fever becomes complex in areas


QĐND – Sunday, October 10, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

Despite a 6.3 percent drop in the number of people infected with dengue fever over the same period last year, the disease has been growing more complex in different areas since the beginning of this year.  


According to the Department for Preventive Health and the Environment, by early October, Vietnam had around 80,000 cases of dengue fever and 59 people died of the disease, 9 percent higher than last year’s death toll.


As in previous years, dengue fever is often seen in southern provinces but the central and central highland regions have now become “hot” spots” for the disease.


The number of infected people in some central and central highland provinces is more than 21,600, up 168 percent compared to the same period last year.


It is worth noting that the number of patients with more serious problems has increased sharply due to the widening circle of the disease; a dengue fever epidemic broke out in the northern region last year.


Source: VOV/VNN


Source: QDND

Dengue fever kids suffer complications as epidemic spreads in country

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

Many children with dengue fever have suffered serious complications as the disease is spreading through out the country, said the Pediatrics Hospital No.1 on August 8.


The hospital’s emergency room has received many children with serious complications recently, as the number of dengue fever patients is rising. Around 10 percent children suffering from dengue fever have experienced complications, according to the hospital’s deputy director Le Thi Bich Lien.


Dr. Lien warned parents to take their children to hospital immediately if they suddenly develop a high fever, rash, muscle and joint pain, nausea or vomiting.

Most dengue infections result in relatively mild illnesses, but some can progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever. With dengue hemorrhagic fever, the blood vessels start to leak and cause bleeding from the nose, mouth, gums or vagina in girls. 


 

Source: SGGP

Dengue fever spreads in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 7:19 am

The Department of Preventive Health reported on August 1 that dengue fever is spreading through out the country.


The capital city of Hanoi has over 500 dengue fever patients and that figure is rising. Medical workers fretted that the density of mosquitoes and unhygienic environmental conditions in many residential blocks would worsen circumstances.

Children are treated in the Children Hospital I

Meanwhile, the disease plagues Mekong delta provinces. Ben Tre’s deputy head of Department of Health, Nguyen Van Thang, reported on August 1 that around 1,800 residents had suffered from the disease, including two fatalities in the province. The province’s General Hospital receives approximately 40 cases a day, while 143 persons have been hospitalized. District Ba Tri has handled most of the cases with over 700 patients.


In Dong Thap province in the heart of the Mekong Delta, three residents died from the pandemic and the rate of infected patients has increased by 36.4 percent compared to the same period last year.


Until now, around 1,005 people have contracted dengue fever in An Giang province to the west, with three of them dying; meanwhile, its neighboring province, Kien Giang, said the province hospitals are treating 800 people suffering from dengue fever, also suffering three casualties.


The number of sick persons in Tra Vinh and Vinh Long are 300 and 400 respectively, with each province registering one fatality.


Ho Chi Minh City will inspect anti–pandemic practices of local medical clinics in 24 districts for two weeks beginning August 1, said Dr. Le Truong Giang, deputy chief of the city Department of Health. Admissions of patients suffering from dengue fever to hospitals in HCMC have been 150 per week.


The highlands province of Kon Tum is treating 332 dengue fever patients, with one dying from the disease.


Medical workers in local preventive health departments and governments have sprayed chemicals to disinfect the environment and told residents to keep their residential quarters clean to prevent the epidemic from spreading further.

Source: SGGP

Dengue fever on the rise

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2010 at 7:18 pm




Dengue fever on the rise


QĐND – Saturday, July 31, 2010, 21:30 (GMT+7)

Dengue fever has spread out rapidly in several southern, central and central highland provinces. The number of infected people hospitalized has increased sharply.


In southern Kien Giang province, nearly 800 cases of dengue fever – 3 of them fatal- have been reported with children comprising half of the total. In July alone, there were 155 diagnosed patients, 23 more than in June.


In central highland Kon Tum province, 322 people have contracted the disease in 36 communes and districts. July’s infection rate is three times what it was a year ago. The provincial preventive health centre said that the rainy season will boost populations of mosquitoes, which are the main carriers of the disease.


In central Quang Tri province, although no fatalities have been reported for the past few days, the number of infections has increased sharply. In July, 32 were confirmed, more than the total number of cases in the first half of the year.


Quang Tri province’s preventive health centre sent doctors to halt local outbreaks and co-ordinate with local authorities to eradicate mosquito larvae and conduct mosquito survey in areas reporting infections.


According to health experts, the increase in the number of dengue fever cases can be attributed to local negligence in carrying out preventive measures.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Cholera and dengue fever spread

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

The number of people infected with cholera skyrocketed in the first six months of the year in the southern region, said Le Hoang San, deputy head of the Ho Chi Minh City-based Pasteur Institute.

Children with dengue fever are treated at HCMC Children Hospital No.2 (Photo: SGGP)

At a July 9 meeting between the Ministry of Health and southern health units on preventing epidemics, specifically cholera, Mr. San said that HCMC now has 12 infected patients. Meanwhile, the figure is 18 in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang.


According to San, nine of 36 water samples taken from Ben Tre Province have tested positive for the choleric bacteria. Eight river water samples in An Giang have also presented the same tested results.


The transmitting sources have been determined to be Cambodians, who came to Vietnamese border provinces for health checks and treatment and from unhygienic food and water.


Deputy Minister of Health Trinh Quan Huan said that the extended scorching weather has made cholera harder to control.


In the northern region, the choleric bacterium has been found present in fresh water sources in Bac Ninh and Hai Duong provinces and in Hanoi. Samples of raw vegetables, ice water and dog meat have also tested positive for the cholera bacteria.


The same day, Le Bich Lien, deputy director of HCMC Children Hospital No.2, said that in the past week, the hospital has hospitalized 70-80 children each day with dengue fever, with 60 percent of the cases coming from HCMC.


Since the beginning of the year, HCMC has recorded 2,000 cases of persons infected with dengue fever with one patient dying from the disease.


In the central region, Binh Dinh Province’s Preventive Medicine Center reported that two children in the locality have died off dengue fever; one was an 11-year-old girl while the other was a seven-year-old boy.


In the first half of the year, Binh Dinh experienced 676 cases of dengue fever, an increase of 50 percent over the same period last year.

Source: SGGP

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

Dengue fever on the rise in northern, central provinces

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm




Dengue fever on the rise in northern, central provinces


QĐND – Friday, April 02, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

Dengue fever is on the rise in the central and northern localities, reports the Ministry of Health.


In Da Nang, about 600 people have been stricken with the mosquito-borne disease so far this year, 10 times higher than for the first three months of last year.


Almost 100 incidents of the disease have been reported in Hanoi with one fatality in Tan Minh commune, Soc Son district, said the Preventive Health Centre’s Disease Control Department director, Le Duc Tuyen.


The centre is planning to prevent any spread of the disease in communes, clinics and schools through a clean up of the environment, and raising public awareness about the threat, the director said.


But the Health Ministry’s Preventive Health and Environment Department said that although 7,300 incidents of dengue fever were confirmed throughout Vietnam to March, the figure was 28 percent less than the same period last year.


At least three of those infected have died.


Clinical symptoms of the disease have changed and patients need to have their blood tested to confirm infection, explained Da Nang Preventive Health Centre director Ton That Thanh.


The national target programme for the prevention of dengue fever from 2006-10 has been relaunched this year, said the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology’s Insect and Animal Department head, Tran Vu Phong.


Its focus will be to improve the skills of all medical workers.


Stagnant water enables the mosquitoes to reproduce and develop and is a major reason for the spread of the disease. People are encouraged to clean around their dwellings and spray mosquito killer.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

South Africa’s World Cup fever infects Botswana

In Vietnam Sports on December 28, 2009 at 7:44 am

GABORONE, Dec 28, 2009 (AFP) – Playing on a dusty ground with no sign of grass under Botswana’s scorching desert sun, with shoes that have seen better days, young footballers dream of their heroes arriving in Africa for the World Cup.


“I think I would go mad the day I will see great football stars face to face,” said Masego Mmolotsi, who plays for the middle division team Amagents FC.


“They are my heroes and they are the reasons why I am playing soccer, I just cannot do without football,” he told AFP.


Botswana, like South Africa’s other neighbours, are hoping that at least one of the World Cup teams will camp and practise on their soil. Mmolotsi said he hopes to have a chance to see stars like France’s Thierry Henry, England’s Wayne Rooney or Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo.


“We are hoping it will make a big difference. Gaborone is hoping to host one of the big teams for a training camp here — that would be fantastic,” said Jonathan Laverick, British coach for Amagents, whose skills have been pressed into service for a country even more football-mad than his homeland.


“Hopefully it will all go off perfectly and people will have a really nice time, and see what Africa’s really all about,” he said.


“Football is the biggest thing in Botswana. Every village, every school, every work, every company has a football team. Come five o’clock, every football pitch in Botswana has people training on it — it is the life of Botswana,” he added.


In Botswana, the enthusiasm has also been fueled by a new government programme that has created 1,582 community football teams, in a nation with just 1.9 million people.


President Ian Khama launched the scheme after he took office last year, and even highlighted its success in his state of the nation address last month.


“We shall therefore continue supporting these competitions, which are providing entertainment, promoting fitness and inculcating a spirit of camaraderie and shared values among participants,” he said.


Most of these new teams operate on a shoestring budget. In 10 years, Amagents have climbed from the bottom of the fifth division to the top of the second, but they’re still light years away from the turnover of even bottom-rung European clubs.


“As a club we probably survive on about 1,000 pounds (1,600 dollars, 1,100 euros) a year. That goes on kit for the first team, that goes on kit for the youth team. Our biggest expense is probably footballs — all the balls you see here today, we’ve stolen,” Laverick said.


But here players say the excitement is more about associating themselves with the World Cup, as well as hopes for some economic spillover from the 450,000 foreign fans expected in South Africa for the month-long tournament that kicks off on June 11.


For 20-year-old Philips Phenyo, who plays for the grassroots team Molepolole Cosmos, life now revolves around counting the days down to the world’s greatest football showcase, where he hopes to see at least one match.


“If I have to chose between having food on my table and buying a ticket for the World Cup, I would rather starve knowing that I will be going to watch either Brazil or England live,” he said.


Source: SGGP Bookmark & Share