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Vietnam saves 500,000 kWh thanks to Earth Hour

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Vietnam saves 500,000 kWh thanks to Earth Hour

QĐND – Sunday, March 28, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has saved 500,000 kWh after switching off lights for one hour on March 27 in response to Earth Hour 2010, according to the National Electricity System Control Centre.

Vietnam ‘fell asleep’ from 8.30pm to 9.30pm – the rush hour for using electricity – in a demonstration of the effectiveness of saving electricity.

Together with more than 20 provinces and cities, Hanoi actively joined Earth Hour 2010 with the message “small action for big change”. The Hanoi municipal People’s Committee asked the municipal Department for Electricity to switch off non-essential lights for an hour at major public places, such as Ngoc Son Temple, Turtle Tower, The Huc Bridge, the Hanoi Opera House, West Lake and Truc Bach Lake, as well as the headquarters of the Hanoi municipal Party Committee, the Hanoi municipal People’s Council and the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee.

Lights were also switched off at the headquarters of the People’s Councils and the People’s Committees in 29 towns and districts nationwide. Many business, organisations and families also participated in this year’s Earth Hour to prevent climate change in Vietnam.

Last year, Vietnam saved 140,000 kWh when it joined Earth Hour 2009.

Earth Hour is a global campaign initiated by the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF). The campaign began in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and has since then been implemented in many countries around the world to raise public awareness of the need to save energy and respond to climate change.

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WHO reaffirms H1N1 vaccine saves lives

In Vietnam Health on December 10, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Vaccination remains an effective form of protection against the H1N1 virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said in response to a request from Vietnam for clarification on the safety of the vaccine. 

The WHO representative office in Vietnam and the National Steering Board for Human Flu Prevention released the statement December 9 after Vietnamese officials expressed concern over a bad batch of vaccine used in Canada.

Earlier this year, WHO launched an initiative to ensure H1N1 vaccine access to several low- and middle-income countries.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) pledged 50 million doses in May 2009, of which Vietnam was set to receive 1.2 million, which would cover about 2 percent of its population.

GSK signed a donation agreement with the WHO on November 10, 2009 to provide the vaccine, known as Arepanrix, to Vietnam. The WHO expected to ship the doses between December 9, 2009 and February 2010.

Concern was raised, however, after higher-than-normal adverse effects were reported following immunization with a particular batch of Arepanrix in Canada. The adjuvanted vaccine was produced at GSK’s Canadian facility and authorized for use on October 21, 2009.

On November 24, GSK announced it would voluntarily withdraw the bad batch.

A December 4 report from the Public Health Agency of Canada, said seven cases of anaphylaxis following immunization from the batch had been confirmed.

This frequency was higher than the usual 0.1-1 adverse reactions per 100,000 doses. However, the WHO confirms there have been no deaths conclusively linked to the vaccine in any country.

Vietnamese health agencies, however, said they would wait for official investigation results from Canadian health authorities before accepting the vaccine.

The WHO stressed it had pre-qualified Arepanrix based on standard protocols and information on vaccine safety and quality. The health authority estimates some 150 million doses of H1N1 influenza vaccine have been distributed worldwide and 95 million doses administered, of which 30 percent are adjuvanted vaccines.

Immediate hypersensitivity has been reported following the use of all types of H1N1 vaccines including a rash or swelling at the point of injection, and allergic reactions. Symptoms range from mild to serious while anaphylaxis can be life threatening in the absence of prompt medical treatment.

The WHO also asserts that the primary goal of vaccination is to target the “at risk” population such as those with chronic conditions, pregnant women, persons living in remote and isolated communities and health workers.

Vaccination in these groups lessens the risk of transmission, complications and death from the disease, the WHO says.

The global health body has reiterated that the risks posed by adverse reactions to the vaccines are still far smaller than the risks to at-risk populations of serious illness from pandemic influenza.

Meanwhile, at the December 9 meeting of the National Steering Board for Human Flu Prevention, Dr. Nguyen Tran Hien, head of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, announced the WHO was ready to provide vaccines to Vietnam when officials gave permission.

Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, chief of the Preventive Health and Environment Department, told the meeting there have been no more reports of H1N1 deaths in the country since DATE?. So far Vietnam has had 46 fatalities related to the virus, of which 12 were pregnant.

Dr. Hien also expressed concern over the high rate of H1N1 infections in the country, adding that there was a strong possibility of the H1N1 (swine flu) and H5N1 (bird flu) viruses combining into more lethal forms.

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Heartbeat Vietnam saves 14 children

In Vietnam Health on November 19, 2009 at 9:57 am

The VinaCapital Foundation and members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (CanCham) November 17 visited four of 14 children who received lifesaving heart surgery with funds raised from CanCham’s annual charity golf tournament.  

Dr. Hung (L, standing) of Tam Duc Heart Hospital and CanCham executive director Patrick Wolfe with children receiving heart surgery(Photo: Courtesy of VCF)

The operations took place last week and the children are now recuperating in Ho Chi Minh City’s Tam Duc Hospital.

Visiting the children were Mr. Patrick Wolfe, CanCham’s executive director, and Mr. Cory Vo, CanCham secretary of the Board of Directors. 

The CanCham Campaign for Heartbeat Vietnam is now in its second year and has raised over US$8,000 through the annual golf tournament and donations from the 200-strong CanCham membership base.

“We were thrilled to visit the children and see first-hand the results of our campaign with Heartbeat Vietnam,” Mr. Wolfe said.

Heartbeat Vietnam, a program of the VinaCapital Foundation (VCF), has provided almost 1,200 heart operations since 2006 for children across Vietnam, as well as helping to improve cardiac and pediatric care in Vietnam via a telemedicine training series, equipment donations, and support for province-level pediatric outreach centers.  Donations made to Heartbeat Vietnam are matched 100 percent by the VinaCapital Group.  

The VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) was founded in 2006 to help alleviate poverty and improve the status of the poor in Vietnam; improve medical institutions, capacity, and access to quality medical care for poor patients in Vietnam; and to support programs that will build business knowledge and business leadership across the country to increase opportunities for investment and sustain economic development in Vietnam. 

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Surgery saves boy with massive liver tumour

In Uncategorized on December 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm

HCM City (VNA) – Doctors have conducted a surgery to remove a half-a-kilo growth from the liver of a 10-year-old child, said professor Tran Dong A, former deputy director of the National Pediatrics Hospital 2.

The boy is now in stable health condition, the professor said.

The growth is a tumour-like liver-derived parenchyma that grew very fast from the right haft of the child’s liver and may cause death, he said, adding that this is the first time such a growth had developed in a 10-year-old child.
The child, who weighs only 27 kilos, suffered a severe chest pain before the surgery.-