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Medical workers raise quality of treatment, healthcare through movements: Health Minister

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Health Minister Nguyen Quoc Trieu said medical workers have raised quality of treatment and healthcare through joining actively in movements such as studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example, good doctors are also nice mothers of patients, doctors and nurses work following Uncle Ho’s teaching.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and Doan Thi Ngoc Tram, mother of Dang Thuy Tram, a North Vietnamese surgeon, who was killed during a battle in northern South Vietnam in 1970

Mr. Trieu said this at an annual meeting to review movements among medical workers held by the Ministry of Health on Sep 28 in Hanoi.

The highlight of these movements is that epidemic prevention is conducted actively and effectively. Dangerous diseases like cholera, plague and malaria are under control.

Thanks to good vaccination campaign, infectious diseases in kids like measles, diphtheria, whooping cough and Japan encephalitis have reduced by over 10 percent compared to before.

In addition, the project to send doctors of the central hospitals to rural infirmaries to transfer high techniques to their countryside counterparts helped to reduce 30 percent of pressures on city hospitals and improve healthcare quality in distant regions.

Mothers and children healthcare has been better, contributing greatly to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Mr. Trieu emphasized the sector will focus on decreasing the rate of patients suffering from diseases and deaths as well as improve gender quality and healthcare system.

Attending the event were Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and exemplary doctors in the country.

Source: SGGP

Blue ear spreads through Vietnam

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 11:25 am

Due to spreading of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) – also called “Blue Ear” –occurring in pigs in many places in the country, the government forbade transportation of the animal from affected areas to other districts. Despite the ban, people surreptitiously took pigs to sell in market or to roast them.

Pig breeders  in despair as their herds contracts the disease (Photo: SGGP)

Transportation of pigs from affected regions raised public concern because it allowed diseased pigs to mingle with healthy ones, which would be sold in markets, causing harm to customers as well as transmitting the virus to other regions.

Unaware residents of district Vinh Cuu in the southern province of Dong Nai have furtively sold diseased pigs at cheap prices or have brought them to other districts. 

Moreover, they feed fishes with diseased pigs, throw bags of pigs into canals or rivers, not realizing these practices cause the disease to spread to the rest of the herd, as well as cause damage to the environment.

The local government’s efforts to raise farmers’ awareness and strengthen inspection went unrewarded; people continued throwing diseased pigs here and there. The province has 22,000 pigs. 40 households have reported that 1,115 pigs are infected with the virus.

Vets of the Department of Health Animal in Ho Chi Minh City’s district Binh Chanh discovered a herd of Nguyen Thanh Xuan’s with symptoms of the epidemic, while spraying disinfectants to clean the environment on August 11. Inspector chief Le Truong Hai affirmed that Ms. Xuan’s 17 pigs are infected, including four dead and five dying and her neighbors’ herd suffering similarly.

The city has destroyed 213 pigs of 18 households in district 12. The Department of Animal Health said the city has 360,000 pigs, though illegal imports of diseased and dead pigs take place everyday. The department advised that the vaccination against infectious diseases be stepped up, fearing the threat to other provinces, while no available vaccine has proven effective in preventing the blue ear virus.

The epidemic in the central city of Danang became serious because the government did not announce the pandemic publicly, so despairing breeders sold pigs at very low prices and threw dead pigs into rivers and fields. Meanwhile, the central province of Quang Nam has 15,000 infected pigs and vets have killed 5,000 of them.

The highlands province of Lam Dong said the outbreak has infected half of the herds in the province. Vets have buried all animals found to be infected. The government will give farmers VND17,000 per kilo of meat lost as compensation. 

Source: SGGP

Diseases raging through farmers’ crops and livestock

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

Farmers around the country have struggled with diseases killing their rice crops and pigs, while the Government assistance has been low and specific remedies have not been found.

Farmers harvest rice in the Mekong Delta (Photo: SGGP)

Ten days ago, farmer Luong Thi Canh uncovered over 500 square meters of her rice fields had a strange disease that made the rice turn saffron and unable to grow properly. Canh is in Hoa Son Commune, Hiep Hoa District in the northern province of Bac Giang.

The disease, which stunted rice even though she spayed chemicals and fertilized the fields, spread widely, frightening farmers in the Hoa Son Commune as crop losses equal hunger.

Nguyen Van Chinh, deputy chairman of Hiep Hoa District People’s Committee, said that the disease is in other communes as well, affecting thousands of households.

Meanwhile, in the adjacent commune of Thoi Son, farmers have seen the return of another disease, which causes green fields to turn dull red with black stripes along the veins of leaves.

Experts from Agricultural University No.1 in Hanoi have investigated and said it is bacterial streak disease.

Nguyen Van My, owner of 2,000 square meters of two-month old sick rice field, said that last year his fields also contracted the disease, forcing him to burn the fields, as his buffalos refused to eat the sick rice.

While rice diseases have not ceased, Thoi Son pigs continued suffering from blue ear disease. The farmer My has lost a total of VND40 million (US$2,000), as 33 pigs recently died from the blue ear virus.

At the time My’s pigs died, the Bac Giang Province had yet to declare the outbreak an epidemic. As a result, My did not received any assistance from the Government.

Some households in his village lost more than VND50-60 million and another pig raising farm even had to hire workers to bury about 700 suckling pigs as they died at the same time, he said.

In Thai Binh Province, the rice stripe virus and blue ear diseases have also plagued fields and pigs farms in Tien Hai District, said the district People’s Committee chairman.

The rice stripe virus disease has rapidly spread in the province and become an epidemic in northern provinces, sending farmers racing to buy pesticides to save their crops.

Hoang Kim Giao, head of the Department of Livestock Production, said that during this recent blue ear epidemic, the northern region has destroyed tens of thousands of pigs. As a result, businesses have rushed to import pork.

The blue ear disease now has expanded throughout the southern region. Relevant authorities should take appropriate actions to stamp out the epidemic.

Concerning the rice stripe virus, Bui Sy Doanh, department head of Plant Protection said that the Government has yet to find specific remedies.

In related news, the Ho Chi Minh City’s Department for Animal Health said that over 400 pigs infected with blue ear disease have been destroyed so far in District 12.

Meanwhile, the number of ruined pigs has reached 43 in the Mekong Delta Province of Hau Giang, according to the Vietnam Department of Animal Health.

Source: SGGP

Education sector told to improve standards through management

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Education sector told to improve standards through management

QĐND – Saturday, July 31, 2010, 21:21 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s education sector must improve its management if it is to raise standards, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said on July 29 at a meeting in Hanoi.

In the 2009-10 academic year, about 92.57 percent of high school students passed the graduation exam – 8.97 percent higher than in the previous school year.

Nhan attributed the improvement to management programmes that had been introduced that academic year.

High school principals around the country underwent re-training courses that focused on leadership, while education managers learned how to adapt to being financially independent.

They were also told how to best promote their school’s achievements in terms of training quality, finance, infrastructure facilities and teaching/learning conditions.

Nhan said the Ministry of Education and Training should continue to implement programmes designed to boost educational management.

He said the focus should be on implementing new programmes for pre-schools that included a combination of different teaching methods, the application of e-learning, extra-training for students who were performing badly and boosting the management skills of staff.

Nhan also urged the ministry to work with provincial authorities on developing schools for gifted students to provide high-quality human resources for the country’s development, and said greater emphasis should be placed on foreign-language learning.

Education and Training Deputy Minister Nguyen Vinh Hien said at the meeting that up to 96.4 percent of pre-schools now apply information technology, while 82.8 percent are connected to the internet.

Secondary schools now meet universal standards, while more than half of all pre-schools have adopted educational programmes.

However, despite improvements in education, Hien said schools had yet to meet national development demand. He also said there was a teacher shortage, a lack of infrastructure, a high drop-out rate and too much emphasis placed on passive learning.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Heat wave sets to move through northern and central regions

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Northern and central provinces will heat up again June 25-26, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center has said.

Northern and central regions will be sunny and hot June 24-25 (Photo: VTC)

The regions will experience scorching weather with temperatures forecasted to soar above 38 Celsius degrees, due to a hot westerly low-pressure system, the center said.

Meteorologists predict the heat wave will end June 26 when the areas should see showers.

Southern provinces continue to be affected by medium-grade southwesterly winds.

It will be cloudy and some places will see showers and thunderstorms at nighttime, with temperatures hovering around 28-34 degrees.

Source: SGGP

Learning through travel

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm

A group of students from the US-based Pittsburg University recently came to Vietnam for elective study at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics and Finance.

Many people expressed suspicion about the efficacy of such a program, which allots a lot of time spent outside the classroom.

Visiting students spent their two-week course listening to lectures about variety of Vietnamese topics, including language, culture and proper etiquette for foreigners visiting Vietnam.

Vietnamese students need new study methods that employ less theory and more practice

To learn Vietnamese culture, the students spent class time viewing the city’s many museums. They also had the chance to experience eating traditional Vietnamese foods.

In addition, they viewed projects of planning and urban development in Ho Chi Minh City by visiting actual locations.

They even went the Mekong Delta Province of Ben Tre to visit a cacao processing plant.

In the estimation of many experts, students learn as they travel. It is a study method frequently applied within many developed countries. Proponents assert this increases students’ enthusiasm for their studies.

Under this educational theory, subjects such as economics, culture, and history become more tangible when students visit countries they study in school, completing research projects related to that country.

“No textbooks are as good as coming to places that you are studying to listen to and look at the practices in-action,” a student from the Pittsburgh University’s faculty said animatedly.

The program schedule looked simple, but students had to take advantage of their free time, or else face difficulty completing their reports once they returned home, she said. 

For Vietnamese students, this sort of “high-class” study method is unfathomable, due to the high expenses of such programs.

According to a survey on job opportunities conducted by university educators, most university students could not find jobs related to their major and soon quit jobs they were able obtain, due to a lack of practical skills needed to succeed. Consequently, most businesses have to retrain students.

A practical study trip does not alone make for quality education, but it helps ease the pressure of studies burdened by “leaden” theories, making learning more interesting and lessons more practically applicable.

Without the option of expensive trips, Vietnamese students need new study methods, which link theory to practice.

Source: SGGP

American hip hop artists swing through Vietnam

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2010 at 8:49 am

Break-dancer Brandon “Peace” Albright, rapper Chen Lo and DJ Kyle Clinton will perform and teach hip hop classes across Vietnam in a unique US cultural exchange program this month.

The first show will take place in Hanoi on May 14 with participation of local hip hop groups including the Sacred Dance Company, Halley Crew and Joker’s Rule.

The artists will have open discussions with audiences to provide them with performance training.

The event will then be held in Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

The exchange is one of many cultural activities taking place May 9 to 23 marking the 15th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam.

Source: SGGP

Plan to develop Vietnam’s island economy up through 2020

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 3:19 am

Plan to develop Vietnam’s island economy up through 2020

QĐND – Friday, April 30, 2010, 21:51 (GMT+7)

The Prime Minister has approved a plan to develop Vietnam’s island economy up through 2020 with an estimated capitalization of more than VND162 thousand billion.

The plan aims to develop the infrastructure of islands quickly and efficiently, and build a solid line of defence to protect national sovereignty.

The focus will be on building infrastructure facilities to strengthen the islands’ economic links with the mainland.

The key islands include Phu Quoc (Kien Giang province), Van Don (Quang Ninh), Con Dao (Ba Ria-Vung Tau), Co To-Thanh Lan (Quang Ninh), Cat Ba-Cat Hai (Hai Phong), Ly Son (Quang Ngai) and Phu Quy (Binh Thuan).

To carry out the plan efficiently, the government will deploy measures to perfect the legal framework, develop human resources and promote advanced science, technology, and research.

Vietnam’s annual island economic growth is projected at 14-15 percent from now until 2020.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Gratitude Fund receives US$79,000 through SGGP program

In Uncategorized on April 13, 2010 at 9:32 am

Nearly VND1.5 billion (US$79,000) has been donated to SGGP newspaper’s campaign to support the Gratitude Fund through the “Legendary Night” music and art program, which will take place May 1-4 at Hoa Binh Theatre, Ho Chi Minh City.

Among the latest donations are those from the Vietnam Southern Food Corporation and Anh Luan Trading, Construction and Real Estate Company, each of which donated VND50 million.

They have also been regular donors to SGGP’s social and charitable programs in the past several years.

Last year, the corporation offered VND500 million to victims of natural disasters in central Vietnam while Anh Luan donated VND360 million to support Vietnam’s “Heroic Mothers.”

The Gratitude Fund was set up to give financial support to Vietnamese Heroic Mothers, poor families, and families that have made outstanding contributions to the country.

Source: SGGP

Modern youth burn through cash at discotheques

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Modern youth burn through cash at discotheques

QĐND – Sunday, April 04, 2010, 22:52 (GMT+7)

When the sun sets, many modern Saigon youth gather at discotheques and night clubs to waste another night. Tuoi Tre investigated.

Humble playboys

Following Lam, a young playboy, Tuoi Tre reporters went to a café on Nguyen Kiem Road in HCM City’s Phu Nhuan district. At 8 pm, Lam summoned his “teammates.”  Thirty minutes later, two teenage girls in very short shorts and decolleté blouses and an oddly dressed young boy joined the group.

A Tuoi Tre reporter urged Lam to head for his “special club,” but Lam explained that first his group had to wait for “the goods”.  Understanding his meaning, a girl took the keys to Lam’s motorbike to go somewhere to buy drugs. Lam explained: “Some are addicted to ‘ke’ (xí ke, or ‘scag’) and others to ‘da’ (đá, or ‘rock,’ that is, crystal meth). It is not cool to go to a ‘special club’ without these things. A dose of ‘da’ costs 1.3 million dong. ‘Ke’ is cheaper, around 200,000 dong/dose.”

When the girl returned, the group found a cab to go to a hotel on Bach Dang Road in Go Vap district. The receptionist seemed to know this group well so he didn’t ask for ID’s. The group went up to the third floor to shoot up. Inside the rented room, the girl put the drugs on a wooden table. Lam took a needle and a distilled water jar from his bag while the girl cut down the pills into smaller pieces. The group shared these pieces, then left the hotel for a night club on Le Van Tho Road, also in Go Vap district.

The club was crowded; perhaps 150 people were dancing insanely when they came in. Sexy waitresses circulated through the crowd, vending beer and foreign wine. Lam and his group both danced and drank beer. The boy gave 400,000 dong to a man in the night club to buy him two pills of ‘keo’ (kẹo, i.e., ‘candy,’ or ecstasy).

“Let’s chew it and dance!” Lam cried out. The four friends continued to dance and drink in the dim light until the night club closed at 1.30 am, running up a bill of 2.3 million dong (roughly the monthly wage of an ordinary worker).


On a Saturday evening, a Toyota minicar stopped at the gate of the HCM City University for Social Sciences and Humanity. The driver was a young man of around 20. He made a call from a most modern mobile phone. Several minutes later, a female student hopped in.

The boy was Vu. His father is a banker and mother is a real estate trader in Dong Nai province. Vu explained that he “started going to night clubs at the age of 15. It is only fun to go there in a group.”

Vu and his group invited a Tuoi Tre reporter to join them at a discotheque on Pham Ngoc Thach Road where young playboys drink hundred dollar foreign wine like water. “Feel free! This bar is not very big but I spend at least 15 million dong ($800) each time I come here. Today I will spend twice as much,” Vu boasted.

He took out his wallet and tipped some waitresses 100,000 dong each, then continued drinking to the cheers of his friends.   Vu and his group danced madly to nerve-cracking music and drank more and more. At 2am, Vu paid over 40 million dong for the night.

Another young man is called “Grandpa” though he is only 24 years old. He is the son of a famous doctor in Dong Nai who also owns a lot of real estate.  From the age of 20, D has been a familiar client at top discotheques and night clubs in Hanoi, Hai Phong and HCM City.

“I’m fed up with local discotheques so recently I’ve been to clubs in China with my friends,” D said. These are the famous Haoshi and KK night clubs, which serve Vietnamese students at Guangxi University.

D said that each time he goes to these night clubs, he pays nearly 30 million dong ($1.600) for wine, drugs and dancing with his friends. He has often stayed there for a whole week.

“I told my parents that I am studying at the Chinese Oriental Medicine Institute to pursue my father’s career. My parents often send me 50 to 100 million dong each time,” D boasted.

Then there’s ‘LP,’ who’s famous among young players in Saigon. He’s the son of a rich family in the nearby Binh Duong province. This youth often spends several dozens of thousand dollars on trips to bars in Singapore and Thailand. Recently, he organized a million dollar birthday party at the Paradise Club in Hollywood, USA.

Tuan, a teenage playboy, says he goes to night clubs because he’s very sad; his parents have been busy at their business and haven’t paid attention to him.  Starting at humble night clubs, Tuan has progressed to luxurious clubs and his expense for a night out has risen to several hundred dollars. 

Source: VNN

Source: QDND