Dengue fever sweeps Hanoi, hospitals struggle to cope

VietNamNet Bridge – Hoang Dinh Canh, deputy director of the Department of HIV-AIDS Prevention and Control, talks to the newspaper Kinh te&Do thi (Economics and Urban Affairs) about the scheme to expand health insurance to cover HIV-AIDS patients. Hoang Dinh Canh Last year, Viet Nam set a goal to have all HIV carriers join the health care network. Do you know their current rate of coverage? Just about 50 per cent of HIV people have joined the national health insurance scheme. One of the reasons that many don’t join is fear of being discriminated against or having a stigma against them. Some other HIV-infected people don’t join because they don’t have money to pay for their health insurance cards. Last but not least, many AIDS patients don’t have the personal documents required for joining the health insurance scheme. As far as I know, many provincial committees have balanced their local budgets in order to provide this group with free health insurance cards. The Department of HIV-AIDS Prevention and Control has decided to use funding from international organisations to buy health insurance cards for poor and needy HIV-AIDS patients. Are there any hurdles that HIV-AIDS centres have encountered in seeking coverage by the National Health Insurance Fund? By the end of May, some 79.6 percent of HIV treatment facilities affiliated with hospitals or healthcare centres had signed service agreements with the health insurance companies, and 44.4 percent of the health facilities nationwide had offered their services to HIV carriers with health…... [read more]

A gray-shanked douc langur (pygathrix cinerea) in central Vi​etnam. Qu​ang Nam Province plans to restore a 80ha forest to protect a herd of 50 gray-shanked douc langurs in N​ui Th​anh District. (Photo: GreenViet) Quang Nam (VNA) - The central province of Quang Nam plans to restore a 80ha forest as habitat for a herd of gray-shanked douc langurs living in Dong Co village, Tam My Tay commune.   Huynh Tan Duc, director of the provincial Agriculture and Rural Development, said the forest area in question had been allocated for acacia – one of the most profitable woods in the central region, but this stole the endangered langurs’ natural habitat. He said the langurs now live in a 5ha primary forest, and face being hunted by locals as well as poachers. “We will replant some indigenous species to provide food for the primates. A large area of forest will be restored from the commune to the riverhead of Phu Ninh, Bac Tra My and Tien Phuoc districts in the province,” Duc said, adding that the forest area will help connect with primary forests in neighbouring Quang Ngai province.   “The department will collaborate with local administrations and rangers to hold more patrol and protection of the langurs, and communications for local residents on the importance of the langurs,” he said. The department will survey the langurs and their habitat in order to create a safe shelter for them in a 4,000ha forest in Tam…... [read more]

The central province of Quang Nam plans to restore a 80ha forest as habitat for a herd of gray-shanked douc langurs living in Dong Co Village, Tam My Tay Commune. A gray-shanked douc langur (pygathrix cinerea) in central Viet Nam. Quang Nam Province plans to restore a 80ha forest to protect a herd of 50 gray-shanked douc langurs in Nui Thanh District.  Huynh Tan Duc, director of the provincial Agriculture and Rural Development, said the forest area in question had been allocated for acacia – one of the most profitable woods in the central region, but this stole the endangered langurs’ natural habitat. He said the langurs now live in a 5ha primary forest, and face being hunted by locals as well as poachers. “We will replant some indigenous species to provide food for the primates. A large area of forest will be restored from the commune to the riverhead of Phú Ninh, Bắc Trà My and Tiên Phước districts in the province,” Đức said, adding that the forest area will help connect with primary forests in neighbouring Quảng Ngãi Province. “The department will collaborate with local administrations and rangers to hold more patrol and protection of the langurs, and communications for local residents on the importance of the langurs,” he said. The department will survey the langurs and their habitat in order to create a safe shelter for them in a 4,000ha forest in Tam Trà Commune, Núi Thành District, he added. Trần Hữu Vỹ, director of the Centre…... [read more]

The National Assembly’s Standing Committee (NASC) on Thursday rubbished a proposal to abandon a criminal records form, stressing its irreplaceable role in criminal investigations. Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long at the meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee (NASC) on Thursday. The proposal, which suggested eliminating criminal record form No 2, was a part of amendments to the Law on Judicial Records and was the topic of discussion during the second meeting day of the NASC. The law came into effect in July 2010, and parts of it are unsuitable with developments in society and other legal documents like the Constitution 2013, the Penal Code and the Penal Procedure Code both issued in 2015, said Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long at the meeting. He said the ministry planned to amend 15 articles, supplement three more and discard seven articles and one clause. The current judicial records law regulates the issuance of two types of criminal records forms. Both the forms are granted at the municipal Department of Justice or the National Centre for Criminal Records. Form No 2 includes even deleted criminal convictions and is provided only to judicial units to assist investigations and prosecutions, or to a person requesting their own criminal record. The Ministry of Justice, which drafted the proposal, argued that granting form No 2 to individuals wasted time and money. It also contradicted the right to privacy as stated in the Constitution 2013 and diminished the chances of rehabilitation of those with deleted convictions,…... [read more]

Huynh Tan Duc, director of the provincial Agriculture and Rural Development, said the forest area in question had been allocated for acacia – one of the most profitable woods in the central region, but this stole the endangered langurs’ natural habitat. A gray-shanked douc langur (pygathrix cinerea) in central Viet Nam. Quang Nam Province plans to restore a 80ha forest to protect a herd of 50 gray-shanked douc langurs in Nui Thanh District.   He said the langurs now live in a 5ha primary forest, and face being hunted by locals as well as poachers. “We will replant some indigenous species to provide food for the primates. A large area of forest will be restored from the commune to the riverhead of Phu Ninh, Bac Tra My and Tien Phuoc districts in the province,” Duc said, adding that the forest area will help connect with primary forests in neighbouring Quang Ngai province. “The department will collaborate with local administrations and rangers to hold more patrol and protection of the langurs, and communications for local residents on the importance of the langurs,” he said. The department will survey the langurs and their habitat in order to create a safe shelter for them in a 4,000ha forest in Tam Tra commune, Nui Thanh district, he added. Tran Huu Vy, director of the Centre of Biodiversity Conservation, GreenViet, said that the centre will help the province track the langurs and offer more measures to…... [read more]

State agencies will directly keep monopoly in trading 20 goods and services or authorize organizations or individuals to do that. The authorization must be approved in writing by leaders of the agencies. State monopoly trading must be implemented under the supervision of authorized agencies as per the law. The decree clarifies that ministries, ministry level agencies and governments of all provinces and cities are not entitled to issue regulations on operations, goods, services and areas of state monopoly trading. The trading of goods and services serving national defense and security listed in state monopoly will be implemented according to instructions by the Minister of Public Security or the Minister of Defense. The State would hold a monopoly in trading 20 goods and services for the purpose of national defense; production, purchase, sale, import and export of industrial explosives; gold bullion production; export and import of raw gold to produce gold bullions and lottery issue. They also cover tobacco import (except import for duty free trading); management, import, export, purchase, sale, preservation, protection of goods under national reserve list; money printing and minting; issue of Vietnam’s postage stamps; production, purchase, sale, import, export, transport and storage of fireworks and relevant services. In addition, there are transmission and regulation of national power grid; construction and operation of multi purpose hydropower and nuclear power projects significantly meaningful to economics and society; public services to ensure maritime safety; public services on coastal information. Others include services to ensure flight operations; management and exploitation of…... [read more]

NDO – Hanoi launched a large-scale environmental sanitation campaign across all localities on August 12, aimed at killing mosquitoes and mosquito larvae, while strengthening the spraying of chemicals and facilitating propaganda work against the spread of dengue fever in the capital city. >>> Hanoi urged to strengthen dengue fever control The campaign will be maintained regularly until September 4. Currently, dengue fever is increasing rapidly across the city, with an increased number of infections over the same period in 2016 and seven deaths have been recorded. Inspecting the work of environmental sanitation and dengue fever prevention in Quang Trung ward, Ha Dong district, Deputy Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Ngo Van Quy acknowledged that dengue fever control measures have been taken seriously. Local people have joined together with the functional forces to clean the environment, clear bushes and cover water tanks to avoid mosquito reproduction. Propaganda work on dengue fever prevention has been strengthened to cover each household, while the spraying of mosquito killing chemicals has been deployed on a large scale. To spray effectively, the city is implementing a focused spraying, with concentration on several districts with a large numbers of dengue fever infections. Especially during the peak period of the epidemic, in September, the city will focus on deploying environmental sanitation work and larval killing in all districts. Until August 17, the city will strive to finish the larva killing campaign in all districts, before deploying two other campaigns in the coming…... [read more]

Participants visit an Internet of Things booth at the event. — VNS Photo Le Vy To ultilise the advantages of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0), citizens must quickly be equipped with knowledge, Tran Van Tung, deputy minister of Science and Technology spoke at a forum titled “Innovation in the 4.0 era” in Ha Noi this week. Tung said that the fourth industrial revolution is developing rapidly around the world and influencing the economic development of Viet Nam and other countries. "To apply new technologies into production and socio-economic development, Vietnamese youth should equip themselves with a lot of knowledge,” the deputy minister said. “The Industrial Revolution 4.0 may take a lot of work from people but it also provides opportunities for new careers and for those who equip themselves with necessary and suitable knowledge,” Tung said. With this revolution, the number of employees in many industries such as banking might fall in the future as these industries will be entirely computerised, said Pham Minh Tuan, Founder of TOPICA Edtech Group. Artificial intelligence robots, with features that can replace humans will appear, as will durable robots with high skills and high productivity, he said. However, Tuan also said that even though technology threatened the work of humans it promoted the development of society. “Technology will change us and create a new world. Technology is to serve people.” Do Dang Duong, sales director of Lumi Viet Nam added that technology…... [read more]

Lâm Đồng Province has petitioned the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to grant funds for repairing 28 reservoirs that threaten production and livelihoods of local residents. The Suối Đỉa-Cây Xoài reservoir carries a high risk of dam breach, threatening the lives and property of 117 local households in Lâm Đồng Province’s Đơn Dương District. - Photo baolamdong.vn The reservoirs are in various states of damage with six deemed unsafe for operation, according to the province’s Department of Irrigation. Phan Công Ngôn, director of the province’s irrigation division, said that his office had checked all 43 reservoirs in the locality, assessed their damage and proposed repairs. Most of the small-sized reservoirs, built before 1990, have been short of monitoring equipment, poorly constructed, and relatively unsafe for operations. Besides, several reservoirs have poor or no drainage systems and sluice gates, causing sedimentation, erosion and cracks, he said. To ensure safety for downstream areas, management of the reservoirs’ operations is also important, especially the large-scale ones, he said. Some dams are at a high risk of being breached, including Ma Póh, Suối Đỉa-Cây Xoài, Tân Rai, Đạ Tẻ and Đạ Tô Tôn, he added. Đinh Văn Hoàng, deputy chairman of the Tu Tra Commune’s People’s Committee, said the Suối Đỉa-Cây Xoài reservoir faces a high risk of breach, threatening the lives and property of 117 local households. The committee has organised…... [read more]

An unregistered and not yet microchipped tibetan bear discovered in Hanoi (Photo: nhandan.vn)   Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi’s Forest Protection Department and World Animal Protection (WAP) finished re-implanting microchips in 200 captive bears earlier this week in the capital city – which boasts the highest number of bile farms as well as captive bears in the country. With latest technology, the new microchips will help monitor the captive bear population effectively without requiring anaesthesia like before. The re-implanting programme is part of an initiative by an alliance of non-governmental organisations dedicated to protecting bears, including Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV), World Animal Protection (WAP), and Four Paws International, and aimed at supporting the government in putting an end to bear farming in Vietnam. More than a decade ago, in 2005, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and WAP (then known as World Society for the Protection of Animals) launched a programme to implant microchips in 4,300 bears held captive in the hundreds of bile farms across Vietnam. Owing to strict law enforcement and committed support from NGOs and the community, the number of bears in captivity dropped to 1,200 at the end of 2015. Dr Karanvir Kukreja, WAP’s Asia-Pacific wildlife campaign coordinator, said microchip re-implantation can fully achieve its aim only if the authorities frequently conduct inspections, monitor the number of bears in bear farms, and make sure that there is no illegal trading of captive bears. The programme will…... [read more]




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