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Northern region to suffer several more cold days

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:29 am

The extremely cold weather in the northern provinces will last several more days as another cold front is set to move in by Sunday, according to the national weather bureau.

Hanoi suffers from the cold weather at only 10 degree Celsius on December 6 (Photo: Thanh Nien)

In the next few days, the prevalent temperature will remain low at 8-13 degrees Celsius in Hanoi and the adjacent provinces. In the mountanoius areas, it will only be 5-9 degrees Celsius.


The current cold front, affecting the northern region over the last two days, has spread to the central part of the central region causing medium rain on Friday morning.


Within the day, it will move in the region’s southern part.


Meanwhile, Bui Minh Tang, director of the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said that one more cold front is predicted to overflow Vietnam on January 12 and 13.


As a result, northern provinces will continue to experience very cold weather until at least January 15 and even encounter some ice and frost.


The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat, has sent an urgent dispatch to northern and central provinces, asking them to carry out precautionary measures in order to protect the herds of cattle, from the cold weather.


Nguyen Xuan Duong, deputy head of the Department of Livestock Production of the ministry in, has asked officials from the various provinces to try to prevent cattle from dying due to the cold weather.

Source: SGGP

Public, rural hospitals suffer brain drain

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm




Public, rural hospitals suffer brain drain


QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

A brain-drain of health workers from public to private hospitals and from rural mountain provinces to urban areas is creating a headache for Viet Nam’s health system.


The Ministry of Health has released a report saying that although the number of health workers increased throughout Viet Nam year -on-year, it did not keep pace with population increases.


In 2008, Viet Nam had 40.5 health workers per 10,000 people. This was lower than that in 1986 when there were 43.1 health workers per 10,000 people.


The report said 50 per cent of health workers were working in urban areas, but only 27.7 per cent of the nation’s population resided there.


Head of Ha Tinh Province’s Health Department’s Medical Profession office Vo Viet Quang said three doctors with masters degrees in surgery, oriental medicine and dental science left provincial hospitals last year.


Several other provincial doctors also moved to private hospitals in Ha Noi, Vung Tau and HCM City this year.


“They quit State-owned hospitals even though the provincial health department did not agree with their proposals,” said Quang.


There are about 640 doctors in Ha Tinh province, about 200 fewer than stipulated by Ministry of Health regulations that each province muat have a ratio of seven doctors to 10,000 people.


Accordingly to this, each district should have at least 30 doctors, but Can Loc District Hospital, for example, has only one doctor who also performs surgery.


The shortage of surgeons led to “some unfortunate mistakes” at the hospital’s obstetrics ward. This recently forced the Health Department to bring in obstetricians from a neighbouring hospital in Huong Khe District.


The Health Examination and Treatment Department said at present there were 141,148 health workers throughout Viet Nam specialising in examinations and treatment. However, the actual demand was for 188,182.


Recent surveys have also found that many medical techniques applied in countries around the world for many years were slow to be adopted in Viet Nam.


This was attributed to the shortage of specialists to run modern equipment.


Director of Binh Duong General Hospital Ngo Dung Nghia said there was rising demand for cardio-vascular treatment and advanced endoscopy on the large intestines and stomach, but the hospital did not have enough medical staff to provide these services.


About 50km away from HCM City, the hospital lacks about 80 doctors. Low pay is blamed for the shortage of young doctors.


To solve the shortages, the Ministry of Health has developed an ambitious plan to have 41 health workers, including eight doctors and two pharmacists, per 10,000 people by 2015.


This means more than 282,000 health workers will be needed by then, and Vietnamese universities will have to provide 5,800 doctors and 1,572 pharmacists more annually.


Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said other measures were needed to overcome the shortage.


This included increasing the quota of medical and pharmaceutical students at universities and creating special payment and treatment policies for health workers, especially those working in rural and mountain areas.


Vu Ba Toan, head of the Organisation and Administrative Work Bureau at the Quy Hoa Leprosy and Dermatology Hospital, has suggested raising occupational allowances to health workers – and making it legally binding for staff sent to receive continuing education to return.


He compared the sending of health workers to receive such training as a two-edged knife is most trained staff were willing to compensate training costs to their hospitals and look for higher paid jobs elsewhere.


Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


 


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

15 percent Vietnamese suffer from mental illness

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 11:22 am

Almost 15 percent of Vietnamese suffer mental illnesses, said a health official at a seminar on healthcare for psychiatric patients on August 6.


The National Psychiatric Hospital No.1 director La Duc Cuong said Vietnam currently has 12 million people experiencing psychiatric ailments, accounting for 14.9 percent of the country’s population.


He used the number of patients receiving treatment at the Psychiatric Hospital in the Mekong delta province of Tien Giang as an example. The number of those being treated has increased from 9,261 in 2008, to 9,559 in 2009.


Deputy director of the Psychiatric Hospital No.2, Bui The Khanh, reckoned that the most common psychiatric ailments in Vietnam are dementia praecox, depression, epilepsy, mental disorders resulting from traffic accidents or due to excessive drinking.

Source: SGGP

Only 350 medical techniques, services to suffer soaring prices: MOH

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Of 3,000 medical techniques and services, only around 350 would have their fees soar, said Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MOH) at a press conference on July 20, in response to public outcry over the recently proposed draft on hospital fee increases.

If new draft on hospital fee increases approved, it would be burden for 14.7 million disadvantaged people whose monthly income is  meager

MOH said hospital fee adjustments have excluded machinery depreciation, staff wages and training expenditures.


However, the prices of examinations and sickbeds will see the highest increase in rates. For instance, the price of clinical exams will rise from VND3,000 to VND30,000. Meanwhile, patients will have to pay VND100,000 –VND150,000 per day for normal or first class sickbeds, as opposed to the current price of just VND4,000 and VND18,000.


The Ministry alleged that it would not affect many residents, citing that 62 percent of the country’s population has health insurance cards and the number of insured people continues to rise.


The new draft would badly affect 14.7 million people, mostly low income laborers, farmers, ethnic minorities and those suffering from chronic and incurable health conditions, who have bought insurance voluntarily. This group of people would be burdened by increases in the five to 20 percent fee they are accustomed to paying, because their monthly income is meager.

Source: SGGP

Ash cloud causes Europe flight chaos, airlines suffer

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 11:11 am

Britain and Ireland reimposed flight bans early Saturday as the huge cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland kept millions of air travellers stranded across Europe.


After Friday saw some 16,000 flights cancelled by the drifting dust amid the biggest airspace shutdown since World War II, air traffic had controllers warned that the cloud was likely to cause fresh travel disruption.


That was confirmed early Saturday when Britain’s air authorities reintroduced a flight ban on the country’s entire airspace.


“Current forecasts show that the situation is worsening throughout Saturday,” said NATS, which manages British airspace. It also extended the existing by six hours to 7:00 pm (1800 GMT).


Ireland also reimposed a total flight ban in its airspace until at least 1700 GMT.


“No commercial passenger flights including North American traffic will operate from any Irish airport during this period,” said a statement from the Irish Aviation Authority.


Earlier, Italy’s civil aviation authority announced airspace across the north of the country would be shut down for eight hours on Saturday as the ash cloud passed.


Eurocontrol, which coordinates air traffic control in 38 nations, had said the ash was moving east and southeast and warned of “significant disruption of air traffic (Saturday)”.


Justifying the widespread airport closures aviation officials have explained that airplane engines could become clogged up and stop working if they tried to fly through the ash.


In the past 20 years, there have been 80 recorded encounters between aircraft and volcanic clouds, causing the near-loss of two Boeing 747s with almost 500 people on board and damage to 20 other planes, experts said.


The International Air Transport Association meanwhile warned Friday of the economic fallout from the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in southeast Iceland.


According to their figures it was costing airlines more than 200 million dollars (230 million euros) a day.


More smoke and ash had spewed out of the volcano Friday, building up the cloud, which then blew east to stretch from the Atlantic to the Russian capital Moscow and from the Arctic Circle south to Bulgaria.


Europe’s three biggest airports — London Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt — were closed by the ash, leaving passengers stranded across the world as a global flight backlog built up.


Eurocontrol said only 12,000 of the daily 28,000 flights in the affected zone would take off Friday, after about 6,000 were cancelled the day before.


Austria, Belgium, Britain, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland shut down all or most of their airspace.


Lithuania and Norway had gradually reopened theirs.


Budget airline Ryanair cancelled all its flights in northern Europe and the Baltics until 1200 GMT Monday.

Germany closed all its airports Friday, forcing flag carrier Lufthansa, Europe’s biggest airline, to cancel all its flights.

The Eurostar Channel tunnel rail service reported thousands of passengers rushing to get places on its London-Paris trains. It laid on three extra trains, but still could not keep up with demand.

The shutdown also played havoc with diplomatic schedules.

Poland had considered delaying Sunday’s funeral of president Lech Kaczynski because the cloud threatened the flights of US President Barack Obama and other world leaders, but a senior presidential aide insisted it would go ahead.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was stranded in Lisbon, Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva in Prague and a UN Security Council delegation cancelled a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo that would have flown out of Paris.

Even US pop superstar Whitney Houston had to take a car ferry from Britain to Ireland for a concert in Dublin.

And comedy legend John Cleese, in what sounds like a sketch from his Monty Python days, reportedly paid 5,100 dollars for taxi ride from Oslo to Brussels.

The volcano on the Eyjafjallajokull glacier erupted on Wednesday, sending ash drifting towards Europe at an altitude of about eight to 10 kilometres (five to six miles).


 

Source: SGGP

Central provinces suffer heavy rains, floods

In Vietnam Weather on September 9, 2009 at 2:56 am

Since September 3, heavy rains and floods have raged over central provinces, damaging thousands of hectares of paddy fields and cropland, causing two deaths and injuring five.

The Committee for Storm and Flood Control for the Central Region – Central Highlands said that waters levels in almost all the major rivers in the Central provinces are receding slowly after heavy rains begun to abate.

The major exception is Thach Han River, Quang Tri Province, which is rising rapidly and expected to reach warning Level One tonight.








Many hectares of paddy field  submerged under flood water in Quang Ngai Province (Photo: SGGP)

Heavy rains have damaged over 10,000 hectares of summer-fall rice crops, and swept away 73 houses and 60 tons of fish and shrimp from aqua farms. The damage is estimated to reach hundreds of billions of dong.

In the city of Hue, Thua Thien Province, two people are reported to have been swept away by floods.

Among them was Phan Canh Suu, 76, resident of Phu Luong B Hamlet, Quang An Commune, Quang Dien District, whose boat capsized on September 4. The other was a child living in Huong Tra District.

On September 5, heavy rains were reported to have raised the water in the Huong, Bo and O Lau rivers to warning Level Two.

At present, the Government and local Hue residents are trying to save 1,095 hectares of paddy rice, 625 hectares of cassava, 150 hectares of sweet potatoes and over 1,000 hectares of vegetables that have been submerged under water in the districts of Phong Dien, Quang Dien, Huong Tra, Phu Vang and Huong Thuy.

In Quang Tri Province, in the evening of September 5, more than 2,000 hectares of rice and 1,000 hectares of vegetables in Hai Lang District were under water. Rice in many paddy fields has reported to have begun sprouting. .

In Quang Ngai Province, farmers had sown 5,000 hectares of rice but 1,000 hectares have now been submerged under water.

The most heavily flood-stricken districts are Son Tinh, Mo Duc and Binh Son.

Heavy rains are predicted to continue in Quang Ngai for the next few days.  


Source: SGGP