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UN experts hail VN’s efforts in H5N1 flu control

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm

UN experts hail VN’s efforts in H5N1 flu control

QĐND – Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

The Vietnamese government has made quite strong efforts to control H5N1 and it has been relatively successful.

Dr. Julie Hall, senior technical expert of the United Nations System of Influenza Coordination (UNSIC), made the remark during an interview with a Vietnam News Agency reporter on the sidelines of the seventh International Ministerial Conference on Animal and Pandemic Influenza (IMCAPI Hanoi 2010), which opened in Hanoi on April 20.

Vietnam has kept the complex development of the disease under control through vaccination programmes, the strengthening of systems to detect disease in animals, and a health system that ensures cases of human infection are treated as quickly as possible.

Vietnam has a large population of poultry, which makes it very difficult to control the disease, the expert said, explaining that this is why bird flu outbreaks still occur in some localities in Vietnam .

However, she said, the Vietnamese government has made tremendous efforts. It can be seen that the number of human cases in Vietnam has significantly lessened, the number of animal outbreaks have decreased and the spread of the virus across the country is now much smaller than it was before, she added.

Controlling animal and pandemic influenza is not a short-term, but a long-term issue, she said, adding that the Vietnamese government’s willingness to host the conference is a testament to its commitment to that long-term effort to control the disease.

UN Technical agencies, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and UNSIC are all here in Vietnam to give support to the country in raising people’s awareness on the disease, disease transmission and to facilitate the sharing of information.

More than 300 delegates involved in the agriculture, livestock and health sectors from countries and territories around the world at the two-day conference will assess global progress in controlling the highly pathogenic avian (A/H5N1) and pandemic flues and propose new steps to reduce and potentially eradicate this serious threat over the coming years.

After discussions, ministers will issue a joint statement that will be the foundation for cooperation between countries and international organisations in the years to come.

A/H5N1 was reported for the first time in Asia in 2003 and has spread to other countries, said Jean Marc Olive, WHO Chief Representative in Vietnam, adding that the disease has, to date, infected 491 people, resulting in 290 deaths, including 59 in Vietnam.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Tornado, hail storm ravage Quang Nam

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 9:53 am

A tornado and hailstorm destroyed homes, schools and rice fields in the central province of Quang Nam April 19.

A student drying her wet books after a hailstorm in Quang Nam Province’s Nong Son District (Photo: VTC News)

Nong Son District was battered by winds, rain and hail for over an hour, in which several houses were knocked down and other homes lost their roofs. Que Trung Commune suffered worst damage.

Chairman of the Nong Son District People’s Committee Phan Thanh An said the tornado cut electricity and communication systems in the area.

He said it was the worst hailstorm in the district in 45 years.

Source: SGGP

Lai Chau suffers severe damage from hail, wind storm

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 9:35 am

A woman walks past a razed house in northern Lai Chau Province after a hail storm and high winds struck the area on April 16 (Photo: SGGP)

A hail storm and high winds wreaked havoc in the northern province of Lai Chau on April 15 and 16, razing homes and destroying property and crops over a wide area.

The province, which has been experiencing drought conditions for the last several weeks, was hit suddenly in the morning with rain, thunder, hail and whirlwinds, lasting around 30 minutes.

Around 300 rooftops were blown off the homes of Dao and Mong ethnic minority people in the district of Phong Tho and according to some locals, the wind and hailstones were the strongest the community had seen in at least 50 years.

The hail alone caused hundreds of millions of dong in damages to hectares of rice and vegetable crops in the area, while some cattle and water-fowl also died.

The storm also blew off the rooftops and destroyed parts of the Lan Nhi Thang junior high school, also in Phong Tho District.

Vu Xuan Tinh, deputy head of the province’s Irrigation and Storm Prevention Department, said that officials in storm-hit localities would provide support to affected families.

Source: SGGP

Heavy rain, hail hits Central Highlands

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 at 9:14 am

After several months of hot, dry weather, most areas in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum saw heavy rain and hail on April 5. The precipitation provided much needed relief for thousands of hectares of coffee and other crops.

Hailstones, 2 centimeters in diameter, fell in the Central Highlands’ Kon Tum Province on April 5 along with heavy rain. (Photo:Tuoi tre)

The 90-minute downpour occurred in Kon Tum City and Dak Ha District, where the largest area of rubber and coffee plants are grown.

The rain will also help residents save billions of dong in irrigation costs.

According to Le Khanh Bien, director of Kon Tum Province’s Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center, the area received 30-40 mm of precipitation on April 5. The downpour also flooded some roads in Kon Tum City and felled trees.

However, the burst of rain does not signal the beginning of the rainy season in the province, said Bien, adding that the area will once again experience hot weather over the next few days.

The rainy season is expected to start in the middle of May, Bien added.

Source: SGGP

Crowds hail teachers at annual ceremony

In Vietnam Education on November 19, 2009 at 11:31 am

The city Party Committee’s Standing Deputy Secretary Nguyen Van Dua (second, R) and Sai Gon Giai Phong ( first , R ) Chief Editor Tran The Tuyen hand out Vo Truong Toan Prizes to teachers at the Opera House in Ho Chi Minh City on November 18 (Photo: SGGP)

Cheers erupted at the Ho Chi Minh Opera House on November 18 as 30 local teachers were honored with the prestigious 2009-2010 Vo Truong Toan Prize for excellence in education.

Throngs of beaming teachers and students filled the hall for the occasion including some eager students who arrived before the Opera House had even opened.

After waiting patiently, they rushed inside to secure a prime location from which to view their “strict, yet fair” teacher Le Thi Nhung. Calling out continuously, the students cheered on their teacher throughout the event.

Staff and students from junior high school Nguyen Huu Tho in District 7, including teacher Kim Loan, arrived late due to traffic congestion. They sat on the floor to watch their beloved colleague and teacher accept her award. Before she arrived, teachers watching the sold-out event on TV phoned continuously to ask why Ms. Loan was not on stage.

Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan spoke highly of the teachers who overcome daily hardships to devote their lives to teaching. Ms. Truong Thi Thanh from Vang Anh Preschool in District 8 has taught tirelessly for 21 years despite the many challenges of the career.

Local songwriter Nguyen Van Ty composed a song about the plight of such teachers as many spend up to 12 hours at school each day for very little pay. At home, some teachers spend their rare free moments building toys for the students from scraps.

Veteran Nguyen Van Dung has been teaching for 20 years fighting the “enemy of illiteracy” while blind teacher Nguyen Van Thanh instructs at the special Nguyen Dinh Chieu School for the blind.

Students from the Nguyen Dinh Chieu school for the blind lined up to enter the Opera House in HCM City on November 18 (Photo: SGGP)

Le Van Hong from the Le Hong Phong school for gifted students said he would offer his award to the Learning Encouragement Association in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre.

Meanwhile math teacher Luong Anh Van of secondary school Nguyen Gia Thieu in Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Binh District said that teaching is like an invaluable spiritual medicine for him to overcome the difficulties of life and disease.

Teacher Nguyen Van Thanh said he was overjoyed when his students, who have severe mobility problems, arrived at the Opera House to congratulate him. His wife and six-month-old baby watched Thanh receive his award on television in HCMC’s Cu Chi District.

Attending the ceremony, Prudential Vietnam CEO Jack Howell said that while he has been in Vietnam for only a short time, he commends the country for its reverence of teachers. 

Also attending the ceremony was the city Party Committee’s Standing Deputy Secretary Nguyen Van Dua, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan Do Quoc Anh, manager of the HCMC office of Ministry of Education and Training, and Huynh Cong Minh, director of HCM City’s Department of Education and Training.

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