Deputy PMs visit revolutionary contributors ahead of martyrs’ day

Hanoi (VNA) – Public hospital services and products in 16 provinces and cities have become 18 percent more expensive since the middle of August, as patients pay for health staff’s basic salaries. Labour-intensive services such as check-ups, bed charges and surgeries, particularly those requiring up to eight medical workers for three or four hours, cost more now. Deputy Minister of Health Pham Le Tuan said the new tariff regime was for health insurance card-holders only and was being implemented in 16 localities where 85 percent of the population have bought medical insurance. However, special medical insurance card-holders such as poor people, children under six years of age, social welfare beneficiaries and national revolutionary contributors such as Vietnamese heroic mothers and soldiers would not be affected by the increased rates as they were subsidised wholly or mostly by the government, he said. The localities are Lao Cai, Thai Nguyen, Dien Bien and Ha Giang, besides Bac Kan, Son La, Tuyen Quang and Cao Bang, as well as Lai Chau, Yen Bai, Lang Son and Hoa Binh, as also Da Nang, Soc Trang, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam. In March this year, public hospital fees were hiked by 30 percent, with patients now having to pay for nearly 1,900 services and products that were earlier subsidised by the government, such as power and water, maintenance of equipment and waste treatment facilities and training and research. When the first round of hikes took effect in March, the cost of a health check-up in…... [read more]

HÀ NỘI - Public hospital services and products in 16 provinces and cities have become 18 per cent more expensive since the middle of August, as patients pay for health staff's basic salaries. Labour-intensive services such as check-ups, bed charges and surgeries, particularly those requiring up to eight medical workers for three or four hours, cost more now. Deputy Minister of Health Phạm Lê Tuấn said the new tariff regime was for health insurance card-holders only and was being implemented in 16 localities where 85 per cent of the population have bought medical insurance. However, special medical insurance card-holders such as poor people, children under six years of age, social welfare beneficiaries and national revolutionary contributors such as Vietnamese heroic mothers and soldiers would not be affected by the increased rates as they were subsidised wholly or mostly by the government, he said. The localities are Lào Cai, Thái Nguyên, Điện Biên and Hà Giang, besides Bắc Kạn, Sơn La, Tuyên Quang and Cao Bằng, as well as Lai Châu, Yên Bái, Lạng Sơn and Hòa Bình, as also Đà Nẵng, Sóc Trăng, Thừa Thiên-Huế and Quảng Nam. In March this year, public hospital fees were hiked by 30 per cent, with patients now having to pay for nearly 1,900 services and products that were earlier subsidised by the government, such as power and water, maintenance of equipment and waste treatment facilities and training and research. When the first round of hikes took effect in March, the cost of a…... [read more]

Authorities of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue have been making every effort to provide the best support for local people with disabilities, helping them surmount any inferiority complex and integrate into the community. President of the provincial Association of Disabled People La Thach said all the local agencies, through various forms, have offered great assistance to the disabled. According to Thach, over 1,500 disable people have benefited from training courses on skills, knowledge, rights and duties, during a project funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Meanwhile, more than 7,800 disabled people and their relatives have been receiving legal advice on issues related to social sponsorship and free vocational training. A great number of people with disabilities have been supported in making their livelihoods and in searching for jobs, thus improving their income and living conditions. Thua Thien-Hue has 29,000 disabled people, including 1,000 people living at social sponsor centres. To date, as many as 18,695 disabled people have benefited from social support policies under the Government’s Decree No. 28. A total of 2,577 have been beneficiaries of the policies for national revolutionary contributors, and 1,078 others have received social insurance cards. Local authorities said they will continue all necessary work to ensure the continuous implementation of the policies. Source: VNA... [read more]

Hanoi , February 5 (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited the High Command of Military Zone 5 in the central city of Da Nang on February 5 on the occasion of traditional Lunar New Year (Tet). He hailed the zone for ensuring a warm and happy Tet holiday for officials, soldiers, and local underprivileged people. He congratulated Da Nang ’s Party Organisation and people for their achievements in 2015, saying the city has made the right moves in socio-economic development, especially promoting its role as a driving force in the central region. The same day, newly-appointed Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai presented gift packages to social welfare beneficiaries and national revolutionary contributors in the capital. He said he hopes the veteran revolutionaries will continue to make significant contributions to build Hanoi as a green, beautiful and civilised city./. VNA/VNP... [read more]

A number of activities have been taking place across the country to bring a warm traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) to local people. The southern province of Kien Giang spent over VND8.2 billion (US$369,000) presenting gifts to social welfare beneficiaries and national revolutionary contributors, including Vietnamese heroic mothers, and soldiers on missions in island and border areas. Meanwhile, the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho spent VND93.8 billion (US$4.2 million) to support social welfare beneficiaries and poor families. The Association for Agent Orange (AO)/Dioxin Victims in the central city of Danang on January 14 presented 50 gift packages, each worth VND600,000 (US$27) to AO victims in Hoa Vang district. The city is now home to over 5,000 AO victims, including 1,400 children born deformed as a result of the toxic chemical, said President of the association Nguyen Thi Hien. The same day, the Association for AO/Dioxin Victims in the southern province of Tay Ninh honoured organisations and individuals who made contributions towards taking care of AO victims. In 2015, the association raised over VND4 billion (US$180,000) to help the victims repair houses, and present hundreds of wheelchairs... [read more]

President Truong Tan Sang has signed a decision presenting gifts to people who made significant contributions to the national revolutionary cause, on the occasion of the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet). The beneficiaries, including Vietnamese heroic mothers, war invalids, and fallen soldiers’ family members, as well as those exposed to toxic chemicals during war, will receive gift packages, each worth between VND200,000 (US$9) and VND400,000 (US$18). Organisations and businesses across the country are also making donations to bring a warm holiday to those in disadvantaged conditions. The Syngenta Vietnam Company and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the northern province of Ha Giang, handed over houses to poor ethnic minority people in Lung Cu commune, Dong Van district, on January 11-12. On January 12, the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies granted 250 Tet gifts to needy households and social welfare beneficiaries in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien. The Red Cross Society of the central province of Thanh Hoa has raised nearly VND19 billion (US$855,000) from businesses, organisations, and individuals to present about 50,000 gift packages to underprivileged locals. Meanwhile, the southernmost province of Ca Mau spent over VND34 billion (US$1.53 million) presenting gifts to social welfare beneficiaries and people living under or near the poverty line. A programme will be held at the Culture Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups on January 30-31 to wrap 1,200 Chung cake (Vietnamese square glutinous rice cake) to present to wounded soldiers, orphans, and Agent Orange/Dioxin victims in Son La,…... [read more]

President Truong Tan Sang presents flowers to Vietnamese heroic mothers at the programme. (Credit: VNA) NDO - An arts programme, entitled 'Aspiration for Reunion', was held in Hanoi on July 27 to mark the 68th War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27), in the presence of President Truong Tan Sang. The event was also attended by Politburo members - Chairman of Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan, Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly Tong Thi Phong, and Minister of Defence Phung Quang Thanh - along with Secretary of the Party Central Committee (PCC), head of the PCC Commission for Mass Mobilisation Ha Thi Khiet, and member of the PCC and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. The arts programme was held to pay tribute to heroes, martyrs, injured and sick soldiers, and revolutionary contributors as well as honour teams, agencies, localities, organisations and individuals that have significantly contributed to searching for and collecting the remains of fallen martyrs  both inside and outside the country. Addressing the programme, on behalf of the Party and State, President Truong Tan Sang expressed his deep gratitude to Vietnamese heroic mothers, wounded and sick soldiers, as well as relatives of martyrs and families of national contributors. He emphasised that millions of the country's people sacrificed their youth and lives during the arduous struggles for national independence, as well as the cause of national construction and defence. Over the past years, the Party and State have issued numerous policies related to care…... [read more]

Transport Ministry asks for airfare reduction on short-haul routes Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has recently issued a directive on reducing airfares on short-haul domestic routes, aiming to promote socio-economic development in disadvantage areas. Thang asked the airlines operating in Vietnam to promptly study and offer fare incentive policies for short-haul flights under 500 kilometres, and conduct price registration and listing in accordance with regulations. The airfare cuts will enable the people living in the remote, isolated, border and island areas to use air traffic and make contributions to boosting local socio-economic development. Earlier, Minister Thang signed a directive adding national revolutionary contributors to the list of passengers enjoying preferential services at the airports. Nearly VND100 billion raised for Hoang Sa, Truong Sa More than VND100 billion has been raised so far from the programmes organised by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) to raise public interest and support for local islanders, fishermen and armed forces on the waters of Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos. The programmes call for trade union members across Vietnam, and other organisations and individuals, to join hands in supporting Vietnam’s law enforcement forces and fishermen, helping them to feel secure in safeguarding national sovereignty. The VGCL presented nearly VND4.8 billion to the Vietnam Coast Guard, Fisheries Surveillance force and Vietnam Fisheries Trade Union, and fishermen. After three years since its launch, the programme "Fishing Net of Love for Hoang Sa, Truong Sa Fishermen" received VND45 billion and granted a total…... [read more]

NDO – Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has recently issued a directive on reducing airfares on short-haul domestic routes, aiming to promote socio-economic development in disadvantage areas. Thang asked the airlines operating in Vietnam to promptly study and offer fare incentive policies for short-haul flights under 500 kilometres, and conduct price registration and listing in accordance with regulations. The airfare cuts will enable the people living in the remote, isolated, border and island areas to use air traffic and make contributions to boosting local socio-economic development. Earlier, Minister Thang signed a directive adding national revolutionary contributors to the list of passengers enjoying preferential services at the airports.... [read more]

PANO - Military Hospital 109 (Military Zone 2) from November 22nd to 24th provided free medical check-ups, health advice, and medications to national revolutionary contributors and nearly 3,000 people of different ethnic minority groups in two communes of Nhi Thang and Khong Lao (Phong Tho district, Lai Chau province). To get this done, the hospital had mobilized nearly 30 qualified cadres and doctors and modern medical equipment. Besides, the hospital also introduced local people to hygienic lifestyle to avoid common diseases and family planning methods. These activities are part of the celebration of the 70th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People's Army and the 25th whole people's national defence day. Translated by Huu Khoi... [read more]




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