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Cholera-hit Haiti told to prepare for worst

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 7:10 am

 Officials warned that Haiti should prepare for the worst as hundreds more patients packed into hospitals amid a deadly cholera outbreak that has claimed almost 300 lives.


A total of 4,147 people were being treated for the disease, said the head of Haiti’s health department Gabriel Thimote, while eight new fatalities brought the death toll to 292.


The World Health Organization (WHO) warned the outbreak was far from over and Haiti should prepare for the disease to hit its capital Port-au-Prince, which is teeming with squalid tent cities after January’s catastrophic earthquake.


“We cannot say it is contained,” WHO’s cholera chief, Claire-Lise Chaignat, told journalists in Geneva.


A woman checks on her cholera-stricken child at Saint Nicolas hospital in Saint-Marc, 100 kms (62 miles) north of Port-au-Prince.

“I think we haven’t reached the peak,” she said, recommending that Haitian authorities prepare for the “worst case scenario” — cholera in the capital.


The acute intestinal infection is caused by ingesting food or water contaminated with the Vibrio cholerae bacteria, which is thought to have infected the Artibonite River, a major artery that runs through Haiti to the coast near Saint Marc — the outbreak’s epicenter.


Although easily treated, cholera has a short incubation period — sometimes just a few hours — and causes acute watery diarrhea that can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death.


Some 1.3 million people displaced by the 7.0 quake are still crammed into thousands of makeshift camps, and aid agencies have voiced fears cholera could spread like wildfire in such conditions.


Fear of the disease is turning to anger, as Haitians begin to blame foreign aid workers and peacekeepers for the Caribbean nation’s first ever outbreak of cholera.


Rumors have swirled this week that Nepalese troops with the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) were the source of the outbreak.


The mission rushed to deny the claims, insisting the mission “uses seven septic tanks” situated far away from the Artibonite River.


The installation of a vital treatment center in Saint Marc, meanwhile, had to be halted after some 300 residents confronted doctors and aid workers.


Fuelled by fear the facility would spread cholera to two nearby schools, residents of Saint Marc threw stones at medical workers of the international medical agency Doctors Without Borders (MSF).


The specialized treatment center was being set up outside the overwhelmed St Nicolas hospital here, where some 800 patients are already being treated with hundreds of new cases arriving each day, officials said.


Argentine troops with MINUSTAH stepped in to stop the protest, and on Wednesday they were overseeing the dismantling of the facility, some 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Port-au-Prince.


“It was a big misunderstanding,” Haitian doctor Yfto Maquette told AFP in the hospital’s chaotic courtyard overflowing with patients who were supposed to have been moved to the new facility.


“The fact that we don’t have the center is stopping us from effectively treating people,” said an MSF official who declined to be named.


“We need to get the message out that cholera is a disease that we are very experienced in treating,” he said.

Maquette pointed out there was still need for basic response tools for the crisis, saying the medical team “only has one ambulance to bring people into the hospital.”

MSF, which has eight facilities open to treat cholera infections in the region, said however the fact fewer deaths were being reported was a good sign.

“The fact that we are seeing fewer severe cases is positive,” said Federica Nogarotto, the MSF field coordinator in Saint-Marc.

“It suggests that people are taking precautions and that there is a greater understanding in the community of the need to maintain strict hygiene and to seek medical assistance at the first sign of symptoms.”

Mexico said Wednesday it has sent military cargo plane with 11 doctors and 2.2 tons of medical supplies to help Haiti tackle the cholera outbreak.

So far, the Americas’ poorest country has managed to avoid the nightmare scenario of the epidemic taking hold in the unsanitary tent cities that cling to the hilly slopes of Port-au-Prince.

But worryingly for doctors, a number of patients in the town of Arcahaie said they had drunk only treated water before falling ill.

The treated water, the main source of “clean” water for most of the population in the region, is taken from the Artibonite river.

Source: SGGP

Universities told to improve their training

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 8:05 am

Improvements in Vietnam’s tertiary education must be in line with rules, appropriate to the reality and encourage creativity, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan.

Students of Ho Chi Minh City University of Science in a class

He made the statement at a meeting of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) held on September 1 in Ha Noi to review the 2009-10 academic year and launch plans for the new academic year.


Deputy PM Nhan urged universities to continue improving the standard of teachers so that those at universities have higher qualifications than bachelor degrees.
 
He asked universities and colleges to foster training based on the demand of the society, and their current capacity to deliver education in certain core subjects.
 
Each school should offer at least one core subject demanded by the market, and also place emphasis on a subject which is its forte to offer according to international standards, he added.
 
He also stressed importance of evaluating instructors, which will ensure teaching quality. He said schools also need to send teachers abroad for training.


Tran Thi Ha, director of MOET’s Department of Higher Education, said there remained many weaknesses in tertiary education management. These included a lack of proper legal documents on higher education management, qualified teachers and poor infrastructure.


Some universities and colleges did not follow the compulsory regulations on reporting to MOET, with 39 per cent of the country’s universities and colleges having failed to file a report.


Representatives of universities and colleges at the meeting said current financial mechanism has caused difficulties for the tertiary education sector, adding that school fees are too low to cover training costs, and allocation of State budget for the sector is unequal.


Schools asked the ministry to give them more independence in terms of finance, infrastructure facilities, teaching and learning conditions, and enrollment.


Participants at the meeting also raised the issue of universities co-operating with foreign educational institution without asking for permission from MOET.


Nguyen Xuan Vang, director of the International Training Department, said that the ministry would issue new regulations to ensure stricter control.

Source: SGGP

Universities told to lift their standards

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:52 am




Universities told to lift their standards


QĐND – Thursday, September 02, 2010, 21:30 (GMT+7)


Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan yesterday urged universities to continue improving the standard of teachers so that those at universities had higher qualifications than bachelor degrees.

He was speaking at a meeting of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) held yesterday in Ha Noi to review the 2009-10 academic year and launch plans for the new academic year.


The meeting also discussed the implementation of the Government’s Instruction 296 on renewing university education management for the 2010-12 period and the National Assembly’s Resolution 869 on setting up a team to supervise the adherence to regulations on establishing and investing in universities and improved teaching quality.


Regarding Instruction 296, 311 universities and colleges nationwide, accounting for 76.4 per cent of the total, had completed their report on the implementation of the instruction.


Meanwhile, supervision teams had carried out examinations in 13 ministries and sectors and 51 educational institutions.


Tran Thi Ha, director of MOET’s Department of Higher Education, said there remained many weaknesses in tertiary education management. These included a lack of proper legal documents on higher education management, qualified teachers and poor infrastructure.


In addition, many students still lacked adequate vocational skills to employ after graduating.


Some universities and colleges did not follow the compulsory regulations on reporting to MOET, with 39 per cent of the country’s universities and colleges having failed to file a report.


Participants at the meeting also raised the issue of universities co-operating with foreign educational institution without asking for permission from MOET.


Nguyen Xuan Vang, director of the International Training Department, said that the ministry would issue new regulations to ensure stricter control.


Deputy Prime Minister Nhan asked universities and colleges to foster training based on the demand of the market, and their current capacity to deliver education in certain core subjects. He said schools also needed to send teachers abroad for training.


Nhan suggested MOET carry out trial check with 30 universities and colleges in three specific regions of the country to report back to the National Assembly in its coming session.


He asked MOET to continue drafting the Law on Higher Education, which is expected to be submitted to the NA in July next year.


Source: VNS


Source: QDND

Big farms told to increase fertile herds of swine in wake of blue ear epidemic

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 7:27 am

Large livestock farms in Ho Chi Minh City should increase, not reduce, their stock of fertile pigs for later use after the danger of blue ear disease has passed, a senior official said.

The statement came even as the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) – also known as blue ear disease – hit pigs heavily in neighboring provinces as well as the districts of Binh Chanh, Cu Chi, 9 and 12.

Vets  take dead pigs to bury in the central province of Quang Nam

Due to the serious outbreak of the blue ear pandemic in southern provinces and the threat posed to other provinces, city People’s Committee deputy chairman Nguyen Trung Tin instructed relevant agencies to ensure the safety of herds of over 30,000 fertile pigs in big farms.

However, Mr. Tin also said that governments should not let small household farms engage in breeding and selling pigs.


The city’s Department of Animal Health reported that 29 slaughter houses butchers over 7,500 pigs a night but only 1,000 come from farms in the city.

The remaining come from southern provinces including Dong Nai, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Long An and Tien Giang, all of which have announced severe epidemics of the blue ear disease.


Moreover, tests of pigs in slaughterhouses have shown that 70 percent of pigs in southern provinces are positive for the dangerous virus. The city is therefore at high risk of suffering a severe epidemic as well. Vets in the outlying districts of 9, 12, Binh Chanh and Cu Chi have decided to immediately kill diseased pigs on detection to curb spreading.


Meanwhile, Van Duc Muoi, General Director of Vissan, a major producer and trader in processed meat, fresh frozen meat and meat-related foods, expressed concern that consumers would turn their backs on safe pork because of wrong information about the disease.


The disease is not believed to be transmittable to humans.


Markets in the city and other localities have seen housewives opting to buy fish and poultry instead of pork, local reports say.


Meanwhile, enterprises who’d pledged to keep the prices stable until next March fretted that the reduced supply of pork would push up prices in the upcoming lunar new year season.

Vissan said it has taken proactive steps to buy more pigs for stockpiling, from 2,200 to 2,800 pigs a day, as instructed by city People’s Committee Chairman Le Hoang Quan.


Chairman Quan has asked lower level administrations to raise public awareness about the disease as well as prepare herds of safe fertile pigs for breeding after the danger has passed.


Fresh outbreaks of blue ear disease at the Co Do Agriculture Company in Mekong Delta City of Can Tho’s Co Do District have so far infected 108 pigs, the Department of Animal Health reported on August 16, bringing the number of affected provinces in Vietnam to 22. The disease has spread widely in central and southern Vietnam.

The southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau has seen two further outbreaks in districts Xuyen Moc and Dat Do while the central province of Nghe An has reported a fresh outbreaks in district Dien Chau. Nghe An has so far killed 7,379 pigs with the disease.

The southern province of Tay Ninh has reported new outbreaks in the districts of Go Dau, Tan Bien, Tan Chau, Ben Cau, Duong Minh Chau and Hoa Thanh that have infected a total of 12,911 pigs.

Source: SGGP

Primary teachers told not to bluster kids in schools

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 7:22 am

Primary teachers were told not to bluster and slam sticks on the blackboard or on tables to threaten kids at schools in Ho Chi Minh City.

Elementary teachers  told not to threaten small schoolboys and girls but create friendly air to make them feel happy at schools  (Photo: Nha Tran)

The city’s Department of Education and Training released its order to primary schools in the city. Under the instruction, teachers were forbidden to beat children.


Elementary pupils should be encouraged to develop their activeness and self-studying capacity, teachers need therefore listen to their voices and then give soft remarks to help small schoolboys and girls redo tasks.


Teachers were ordered not to impose harsh penalties on kids but rather to applaud their efforts and pay attention to small pupils’ progress because kids at the age of six are clumsy in writing and studying.


Especially teachers of the first grade must welcome kids with smiles to create friendly air to small children as well as assist them to arrange books and notebooks tidy. Teachers should not complain that kids can’t read well.

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

‘Improve socio-economics’ mountain provinces told

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:18 pm




‘Improve socio-economics’ mountain provinces told


QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong has urged provincial Party committees of five northern mountainous provinces to improve their socio-economic development strategies.


The NA Chairman, also a Politburo member, met withrepresentatives of the provinces of Lai Chau, Cao Bang, Hoa Binh, Lang Son and Son La on July 29 to hear ideas and proposals for draft documents to be considered at their provincial Party congresses.


Concerning local development plans, he asked the provinces to improve their planning by reviewing the implementation of their five-year plan and 10-year strategy on socio-economic development, while also drawing lessons from the past 25-year of renewal in their provinces.


A better review of these plans and strategies would help better prepare for the coming years, said Mr. Trong.


The NA leader praised the provinces’ efforts and achievements in socio-economic development, despite the disadvantages of their remote and moutainous locations.


He said each province needed to work out its own long-term plan for development based on an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses.


The NA Chairman also asked them to work out firm measures to fulfil their own targets while continuing to cooperate with each other on regional and national development.


He insisted that the provincial Party committees pay due attention to making sure a balanced number of qualified young cadres, women and ethnic members are represented on the committees.


To achieve this it is necessary to improve education and training for the cadres, especially young, female and ethnic cadres, said Trong, adding that the provincial Party committees must focus on improving their management and effectiveness in governing and to redouble efforts in spurring socio-economic progress.


He said Lai Chau province needs to improve its infrastructure and develop its rural traffic network while paying more attention to work on alleviating hunger and poverty.


He said the province should prioritise a number of fields for development and mobilising sources for investing in development.


Mr. Trong said Cao Bang province should fully exploit its advantages, such as its border gates, tourism potential and mineral mines. He asked the province to uphold and take full advantage of its strength while maintaining political stability and border security as well as preserving the eco-system and environment.


The NA Chairman said Hoa Binh province, as a gateway to the capital city of Hanoi, should better invest in its tourism potential while controlling social evils.


Lang Son province, which shares a border with China, was urged to better develop new rural areas and further alleviate hunger and poverty while harmonising its economic growth with socio-cultural development.


Mr. Trong asked Son La provincial leaders to improve public relations work and strengthen the local unity bloc while building its Party, political system and human resources training, the province should take good care of ethnic minority people and those who have been resettled. “Good social policies and maintenance of socio-political stability will help the province fulfil its target,” he said.


Source: VNS/VOVNews


Source: QDND

Telecom firms told to cut import of 3G devices

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 3:20 am




Telecom firms told to cut import of 3G devices


QĐND – Saturday, May 01, 2010, 21:36 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Information and Communications has ordered telecom companies to restrict import of 3G devices, including iPhones, to contain the rising trade deficit.


Mobile operators should advise customers to buy appropriate equipment needed to use 3G services rather than expensive equipment, the ministry said.


They should also carefully consider their plans to buy 3G terminal equipment, including iPhone 3G, to avoid mass import of what are expensive items, it said.


Telecom companies like Viettel and Vinaphone have spent around US$10 million to import iPhones, according to Dau Tu (Vietnam Investment Review) newspaper.


But the two have remained silent on the number of these phones they have sold in a month since its official launch in Vietnam.


After the initial excitement, iPhone sales have gone rather quiet since it not affordable for most users.


Vietnam’s trade deficit in April may touch $1.25 billion, bringing the figure for the first four months to $4.65 billion.


Exports during the four months were up 8.9 percent year on year to $20.16 billion while imports surged 35.6 percent to $24.81 billion.


The deficit continues to put pressure on the country’s foreign currency reserves and exchange rate.


Source: vietnamnewsonline


Source: QDND