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Vietnam aims to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

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

Russia forest fires spread in record heatwave

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 11:20 am

Russian firefighters battled the flames of spreading forest fires that have already killed 34 people and devastated villages, but officials claimed some success in controlling the disaster.


The emergency situations ministry said it deployed hundreds of thousands of workers to fight the blazes, along with 2,000 members of the armed forces, as the situation worsened early Sunday due to temperatures hitting 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and strong winds.


More than 5,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, the ministry said.


But later in the day, ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova announced that the situation had “improved considerably” in the last few hours.


“During the day today, fires flared up at 320 sites, and 210 have been put out,” she said on Rossia 24 television.


 A Russian man watches forest fires burn in Beloomut late on August 1, 2010.

She also said the total area engulfed by the wildfires had been reduced by 7,000 hectares to about 128,000 hectares (316,000 acres).


Still, with blistering temperatures forecast over the next few days as the country faces one of its worst heatwaves, the ministry has warned of an “extreme risk” of more forest fires.


Two more bodies were discovered Sunday in a burnt-out village in the Nizhny Novgorod region, the emergency ministry’s regional branch said, raising the official death toll to 30.


In the Voronezh region, one of those worst-hit, almost 600 people have been left homeless, Russian television reported, showing residents evacuated to a hotel and volunteers bringing bags of clothes.


“There has never been a fire like this,” fireman Maxim Korolyov told AFP in the village of Maslovka, where all but five of the 150 houses burnt down on Friday. “It’s the first time I have had to fight a fire of this size.


Elderly resident Vera Sakharova complained that firefighters had come too late. “We did not have any help,” she told AFP. “We had to do everything ourselves.”


Sceptical of promises of state help, Sakharova predicted: “They have given us nothing, and they won’t give us anything.”


“I don’t know what we are going to do after this,” she added.


At least 1,875 houses have been destroyed in fires, leaving more than 2,000 people homeless, the regional development ministry said Sunday.


Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised on television on Saturday that all the houses would be rebuilt by October, after allocating five billion rubles (165 million dollars).


The strongman leader on Friday visited a village in the worst affected Nizhny Novgorod region. In a televised encounter, tearful residents confronted Putin, who promised to rebuild their homes and embraced one of the women.


However, a video posted on YouTube showed Putin being heckled by a crowd of shouting residents.


“You aren’t doing anything, everything is burning,” one woman can be heard shouting in the footage, which has been viewed more than 30,000 times but was not shown on state television.

“Our administration is working very badly, it needs to be convicted,” another woman shouts, as Putin is shown turning and walking away.

On Saturday Putin admitted the situation was “extremely tense” and berated officials for their tardy response, saying: “Not everything was done in a timely way, but now is not the time to squabble.”

Putin is set to meet with the governors of the affected regions in Moscow on Monday.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, speaking from Sochi on Saturday, called the situation a “natural disaster of the kind that probably only happens every 30 or 40 years.”

Medvedev did not visit the scene, but is in constant contact with regional governors, his press service told the ITAR-TASS news agency on Sunday.

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, on Sunday held a service in the Nizhny Novgorod region and called for believers to pray for rain, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Source: SGGP

Death toll climbs as Russia forest fires spread

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 11:19 am

MOSCOW (AFP) – Firefighters on Sunday fought an uphill battle against spreading forest fires that have already killed 30 people, destroyed thousands of homes and mobilised hundreds of thousands of emergency workers.


The emergency ministry said Sunday that forest fires had engulfed more than 114,000 hectares across Russia. It mobilised almost 240,000 emergency workers to fight the blazes, along with 2,000 members of the armed forces.


Fires in the sparsely populated Far Eastern region grew three times in size over the last 24 hours, with the remote Kamchatka peninsula being hardest hit, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported Sunday, citing the region’s forestry department.

Grass burns in the village of Beloomut caught in a deep smoke. AFP

The emergency situations ministry gave a death toll of 28 on Saturday, including seven in the Moscow region.


Two more bodies were found Sunday in a burnt-out village in the Nizhny Novgorod region, the regional emergency ministry said, raising the official death toll to 30.


Nizhny Novgorod emergency services said Sunday that the firefighters had managed to stop fires spreading further overnight.


In the Voronezh region, one of those worst-hit, almost 600 people have been left homeless, Russian television reported, showing residents evacuated to a hotel and bags of clothes brought by volunteers.


Local resident Galina Shibanova told of escaping from her home, where she lived with seven members of her family, and moving to a cramped hotel with 148 other residents.


“It was impossible to go out into the street,” Shibanova said in an interview on television. “There was a lot of smoke and the children were choking. We covered their mouths with cloths and handkerchiefs and quickly put them in the car.”


“There has never been a fire like this,” fireman Maxim Korolyov told AFP in the village of Maslovka, where all but five of the 150 houses burnt down on Friday. “It’s the first time that I have had to fight a fire of this size.


An elderly resident, Vera Sakharova, complained that firefighters had come too late. “We did not have any help,” she said. “We had to do everything ourselves.”


Sceptical of promises of state help, Sakharova predicted: “They have given us nothing, and they won’t give us anything.”


“I don’t know what we are going to do after this,” she said.


Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday visited a village in the Nizhny Novgorod region where more than 300 houses burnt down, leaving more than 500 homeless. Angry residents confronted the strongman leader, who promised to rebuild their homes and embraced one tearful woman.


Putin said on television on Saturday that 1,257 houses had burned down across Russia and promised that they would all be rebuilt by October, after allocating a total of five billion roubles (165 million dollars).


Speaking via video link with regional governors, Putin called the situation “extremely tense” and berated officials for their tardy response, saying: “Not everything was done in a timely way, but now is not the time to squabbling.”


In an earlier broadcast from Sochi Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called the situation a “natural disaster of the kind that probably only happens every 30 or 40 years.”


The fires unleashed by one of Russia’s worst heatwave have devastated the regions in the centre and the Volga river basin, to the east and southeast of Moscow.


Temperatures were forecast to hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) over the next few days in affected regions, with the emergency ministry warning of an “extreme risk” of more forest fires.

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Source: SGGP

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

Dog meat businesses ordered to halt operation due to spread of cholera

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

Due to the wide spread of cholera disease in the capital city of Hanoi, the Department of Health July 10 ordered dog meat businesses to shut down temporarily, in an effort to disinfect the environment.

(File) A dog meat shop in Hanoi

The department has tested samples of raw vegetables, ice water and dog meat from business and dog meat processing centers in Hanoi’s Duong Noi Commune.


Tests confirmed that cholera bacterium was present in such samples. The department decided to halt operation of these establishments in order to spray chemicals.


The commune has 19 slaughterhouses and dog meat processing plants that supply restaurants with imported dog meat from Laos.


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.


According to the Hanoi Preventive Health Department, of the 150 reported cases of cholera over the past month, over 60 percent of them involved patients that had to be hospitalized due to their consumption of dog meat, raw vegetables and shrimp paste.

Source: SGGP

No evidence pig disease can spread from human to human

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 at 4:31 am

Four patients have contracted a rare pathogen from local pigs, but there is no evidence to suggest the infection could spread from human to human, the National Hospital of Infectious and Tropical Diseases said.

Veterianrians vaccinate pigs at a fram in northern province of Ninh Binh.  

Hospital director Nguyen Van Kinh said on May 3 that all those who had contracted the streptococcus suis bacteria, commonly found in pigs, had eaten undercooked pork products made from diseased swine.


Streptococcus suis can cause meningitis or septicaemia (blood poisoning) if patients do not receive timely treatment, said Dr. Kinh


The hospital receives 1-2 people per day suspected of having contracted the bacterium, said Dr. Kinh, adding that they suffered symptoms such as fevers and nausea.


The four infected patients include three who caught meningitis and one with blood poisoning.


According to epidemic experts, streptococcus suis cases occur all year round, however, the number of patients has increased sharply with the rise of the blue-ear pig disease in several provinces recently.


As part of the efforts to combat the disease, the ministry has warned traders not to buy and sell pork without authorized certification of its origin or quarantine.


The Ministry of Health also warmed that people should not eat pigs’ blood curd, sick pigs or undercooked pork.


In related news, 47 people contracted diarrhea after having a weeding party at Han village, Ly Nhan District, in the northern province of Ha Nam, said Dang Dinh Thoang, Director of the province’s Preventive Health Center.


Thoang said on May 3 that four out of 47 wedding guests had been taken to the hospital in serious condition.


Most of the infected patients ate unsafe food and drank polluted water, Thoang said.


As of now, five cities and provinces in the north – Hanoi, Hai Phong, Bac Ninh, Hai Duong and Ha Nam – have reported outbreaks of acute diarrhea and cholera, said the Department of Preventive Health at the Ministry of Health.

Source: SGGP

Buddhist Cultural Week to spread the good word

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 at 4:30 am

Buddhist Cultural Week aims to spread awareness of the country’s largest religion with a series of exhibitions and seminars on literature, history and culture at the Lieu Quan Buddhist Cultural Center in central Vietnam.

Lieu Quan Buddhist Cultural Center, Le Loi street, Central province of Thua Thien- Hue.


Many notable scholars, researchers and cultural activists from Vietnam and abroad will speak at the event in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue May 16-22.


Scholars including Cao Huy Thuan, Tran Dinh Son, Thai Kim Lan and Ho Tan Phan will talk on subjects Buddhist philosophy and practice.


The cultural week also aims to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi.


The Thang Long antique exhibition will feature over 100 exhibits on the Ly and Le dynasties. The artifacts on display were collected by antique collector Tran Dinh Son.


Seminars on art, architecture and education will also be a part of the event.

Source: SGGP