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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

Children’s hospitals struggle with recent surge in patients

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:27 am




Children’s hospitals struggle with recent surge in patients


QĐND – Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

The number of children with respiratory illnesses, acute diarrhoea and dengue fever has increased sharply in recent days, according to hospitals in HCM City.

The HCM City Paediatrics Hospital No 1’s Respiratory Diseases Ward is severely overstretched, having to take in as many as 200-230 inpatients a day while it has just 100 beds.

At the Digestive Ward of HCM City Paediatrics Hospital No 2, many inpatients are suffering from acute diarrhoea.

Environmental pollution as well as unsafe and unhygienic food have increased considerably the risk of diarrhoea in children, according to doctors.

The HCM City Health Department has ordered relevant agencies to implement measures to control further outbreaks of diarrhoea. It has urged district authorities to strengthen awareness campaigns about the disease, including prevention measures like using boiled water, eating well cooked food and washing hands with soap and water before eating.

Meanwhile, the Pasteur Institute has noted that the city is now having about 500 patients with dengue fever every week, up 50 percent compared to the same period last year.

In this case, it is not just children, but the number of adults contracting the mosquito-borne disease is also on the increase.

On December 6, a first-grade student of the Chuong Duong Primary School in District 1 died of dengue fever, said Nguyen Van The, director of the District 1 Preventive Health Centre.

Source: VNA/ Photo: xaluan


Source: QDND

Sunflowers made for patients with cancer

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm




Sunflowers made for patients with cancer


QĐND – Friday, October 22, 2010, 22:35 (GMT+7)

Festive days to make thousands of sunflowers to raise funds for patients with cancer will be hosted by Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in late October and early November.


Specifically, the festive day will take place at Ho Chi Minh City Children’s House and Ho Chi Minh Cemetery on October 31st while a similar day will be held at Hanoi Children’s Palace on November 7th.


During the festive days, there will be activities to share compassion with the patients, such as creating around 15,000 sunflowers in Ho Chi Minh City and 10,000 sunflowers in Hanoi in order to make a field of sunflowers “For patients with cancer” in the capital of Hanoi.


An exhibition showcasing moving stories related to Le Thanh Thuy, a young dweller in Ho Chi Minh City will be also opened on these days.


All proceeds, collected from selling sunflowers at a price of VND 10,000 each and auctioning paintings by patients with cancer, will be presented to the fund to assist patients with cancer.


The event is held for the third time by the Youth Newspaper, Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi Youth Unions, Ho Chi Minh City Children’s House, Hanoi Children’s Palace, and a voluntary group, “Light up Dreams”.


Source: TT


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Exemption of medical fee for quarantined patients

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Patients and medical workers in the quarantine area. Those are kept in quarantine will nto pay hospital fee under a new law

Those who are quarantined because they are contracted an infectious disease, they will enjoy exemption from medical charge, according to a new law issued by Vietnamese government.


Patients who are kept in quarantine in medical clinics will not pay medical fee during 21 days and two days if they are kept in border crossings; however, the new law will not benefit those who are put in quarantine at homes.


In addition, if quarantined patients suffer additional diseases, they must pay examination and treatment charges. But the insurance company will reimburse medical fee for health insurance card holders.

Source: SGGP

Nguyen Nhat Anh’s works to be auctioned for patients with cancer

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm




Nguyen Nhat Anh’s works to be auctioned for patients with cancer


QĐND – Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 20:53 (GMT+7)

An online auction of four works by reputed writer Nguyen Nhat Anh will be held by for “Ben’s Smile” programme on www.nucuoicuaben.com and www.bensmilecharity.com from July 17th to August 7th, aiming to raise funds for children with cancer.


Accordingly, the 8-volume book, titled Kính vạn hoa, will be auctioned from 9 am on July 17th to 12pm on July 24th, while Tôi là Bêtô, Cho tôi xin một vé đi tuổi thơ and Đảo mộng mơ  will be sold for auction from 9am on July 25th to 12pm on July 31st.


Each auctioned book will include the writer’s signature and the most favourite passage.


Moreover, a lacquer painting of phyllocactus-queen of the dark will be up for  auction at an initial price of VND 2.5 million.


The “Ben’s Smile” programme was initiated and has been run by journalist Ngo Thanh Thuy since August 2008, 6 months after her son, Tran Ngo Vu Khoi died of kidney cancer. The programme’s goal is to grant assistance to families of children suffering from cancer.


Source: TT


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Doctor: Over 73 percent of cancer patients dead

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm

The fatal toll among cancer patients in Vietnam has increased to 73.5 percent, Associate Professor Dr Mai Trong Khoa, deputy director of Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital said June 19.

Cancer patients are treated at a hospital in Hanoi (File photo: VTC)

The disease treatment has found more difficult and taken more time as patients usually late discover that they are infected with the disease, when it has come to metastasis phase, he said.


Dr. Khoa added that the number of cases infected with cancers in the world has also increased, especially in developing countries.


In developed countries, patients are usually soon discovered. As a result, the death toll is lower, about 50-65 percent, he said.


At present Bach Mai Hospital is treating a 71 year old woman named Nguyen Thi Tuan Kh., one amid rare cases of people contaminated with two types of cancers.


Dr. Khoa said that in the world, the ratio of people with two cancers is accounted for just 0.1 percent of cancer patients.

Source: SGGP

Traffic accident patients to be treated without innocence certificates

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:42 am

Victims of traffic accidents need not to provide certificates affirming that they did not violate transport law to receive treatment at a medical clinic

Victims of traffic accidents need not to provide certificates affirming that they did not violate transport law to receive treatment at a medical clinic, but police or insurance companies must complete the task.


This provision was included in a new draft issued by the Ministry of Health (MoH) after the Ministry of Justice ordered MoH to change the content of the previous decree on insurance for victims of traffic accidents because the previous decree caused patients severe irritation.


MoH discussed to issue on June 10 and decided the insurance or police will be responsible for granting certificates stating whether or not accident victims had breached traffic laws.


The new draft also regulates details of treatment papers and health records of insurance card holders.


In addition, drivers suffering from epilepsy or myocardial infarction will receive full health insurance. Medical clinics are asked to provide timely treatment to traffic accident patients who are responsible for providing proof of insurance afterward.

Source: SGGP

Eye-dye manufacturer responsible for blinded patients

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:40 am

The Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital has officially asked the drug distributor to make amends for all patients blinded by cataract surgeries, due to the bacteria in Trypan Blue, said a high-ranking medical official of on June 15.

Patient Le Thanh Long in HCMC’s ditrict 4 instils a drug into his eye under doctors’ insutrction. He returns blinded after catarac surrgery at the HCMC Eye Hospital due to contaminated surgery aid (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

As the latest tests of the surgical aid, Trypan blue, found Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria (pink-red rods) present in the agent used in ophthalmologic procedures, said hospital director Dr. Nguyen Thi Phuong Thu.


Tests carried out by the National Institute of Drug Quality Control of the Ministry of Health produced the same results of previous tests performed by hospitals such as the City Eye hospital, the city Tropical Diseases hospital and the Pasteur Institute.


Trypan blue, manufactured by the Indian Khosla Pharmaceutical Company, is imported and distributed by the Viet My Medical Equipment in HCMC’s Go Vap District.  The hospital opted for an Indian-made drug because the pharmaceutical company won the bidding.


Of the 22 patients blinded because of the dye used in their surgeries, nine are still receiving treatment in the hospital. In the most severe case, doctors undertook an enucleation for one eye of a patient who underwent the operation in a hospital in the southern province of Dong Nai because it was so heavily infected with the harmful bacteria.


In addition, seven patients have sent an official requests to the Department of Health and the Eye Hospital, saying they wanted to stay at the hospital until their eye condition improved.


Although the surgical aid is placed directly into patients’ eyes, the Ministry of Health treats it unlike a drug, but a mere material; therefore, it is licensed by the Department of Equipment, part of the ministry. The ministry therefore must assume part of responsibility, according to an anonymous medical expert.


Related articles:
Surgical aid banned after patients go blind
Patients turn blind after eye surgery

Source: SGGP

Drug distributor to support blinded patients

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:39 am

The Viet My Medical Equipment promised to provide financial support to 22 patients who became blind after cataract surgeries at the city Eye Hospital due to bacteria present in a surgical aid agent.


Thai Binh Long, the importer company’s director, made the promise at a meeting with hospital officials on June 16.


Hospital tests carried out on the drug showed that infections that resulted from the Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria (pink-red rods) present in trypan blue made by the Indian Khosla Pharmaceutical Company caused the blindness of the 22 patients.


The Viet My Medical Equipment in HCMC’s Go Vap District, imported and distributed Trypan blue to the hospital after winning the bidding.


Mr. Long said he would send test results to the manufacturer to ask for its compliance in compensating the victims.

Related articles:
Eye-dye manufacturer responsible for blinded patients
Surgical aid banned after patients go blind
Patients turn blind after eye surgery

Source: SGGP

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.

Related article:
Patients turn blind after eye surgery

Source: SGGP