Number of diabetes patients in Vietnam rises fastest globally

Vingroup chairman Pham Nhat Vuong Pham Nhat Vuong VinGroup Pham Nhat Vuong is the founder and chairman of VinGroup, one of Viet Nam’s largest private business groups with a market capitalisation of nearly US$5 billion based on the company’s share price on the HCM Stock Exchange on July 28, 2017. Vuong was a rare Vietnamese entry in the Forbes list of the world’s billionaire in 2013 with total assets valued at $1.5 billion. His net assets were estimated at $2.4 billion on Forbes’ website as of July 28, 2017. With a stake of around 65 per cent in VinGroup, directly and indirectly through the Vietnam Investment Group, Vuong has been in the list of 10 richest people on the Vietnamese stock market for eight consecutive years. Born in 1968 in Ha Noi, Vuong studied in Moscow but started his business Technocom Group by making fast food in Ukraine, building a popular brand, ‘Mivina’ with annual sales of $150 million. He returned to Viet Nam in early 2000s and began investing in real estate at the time of ‘hot land fever’. In 2009, he sold his food company in Ukraine to Nestle and relocated his entire business to Viet Nam. He founded Vinpearl Land, focusing on hospitality and leisure in Nha Trang in 2001, and began developing commercial real estate under the brand name Vincom in Ha Noi in 2002. The Vincom Joint Stock Company (VinGroup) was established in May 2002…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The prevalence of malnutrition in hospitalised patients in Viet Nam remains high, ranging from 20-50 per cent as many hospitals fail to pay appropriate attention to ensure nutrition for inpatients, health officials said. A dietitian at the 115 Hospital’s nutrition department in HCM City. Photo benhvien115.com.vn The absence of a department of nutrition and diet at many hospitals, a lack of trained dietitians and poor food service at hospital canteens are blamed for the high prevalence of malnutrition among patients, said Do Thi Ngoc Diep, director of the HCM City Nutrition Centre. The unhealthy eating habits of patients resulted in malnutrition, Diep said at a conference held last Saturday in HCM City. In HCM City, the prevalence of malnutrition among patients stands at 40.7 per cent. A high prevalence of malnutrition was common for patients in the departments of oncology, respiratory, surgical, traditional medicine and intensive care, she said. Poor nutritional status increased the risk of infectious complications, a poorer clinical outcome, an increased length of hospital stay and costs as well as morbidity and mortality, she added. According to Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the Ministry of Health’s Department of Medical Examination and Treatment, nutrition plays a vital role for hospitalised patients during their treatment, especially those with severe illnesses such as cancer, post-surgery, diabetes, kidney failure, severe burns and gastroenterology. Nearly 30 per cent of hospitals across the country have no nutrition and dietetic department to provide advice about nutrition and diet in relation to…... [read more]

Doan Thi Huong (blue) at the court in Sepang, Malaysia.(Source: AFP/VNA) Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Representatives from the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia and Malaysian lawyers defending Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese suspect in the murder of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea citizen Kim Chol, were present at the High Court of Shah Alam City on July 28 to protect her legitimate rights and interests. After the trial concluded, the embassy’s representatives and lawyers discussed with Huong about following litigation procedures. In the time ahead, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue close coordination with domestic agencies involved, the Vietnamese embassy in Malaysia and Malaysian lawyers to ensure Huong's legitimate rights and interests are protected. Doan Thi Huong, 28, is one of the two women suspects in the murder of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) man named Kim Chol at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13.  Malaysia said Kim Chol was poisoned, but the DPRK insisted that he died of a heart attack, plus high blood pressure and diabetes.  At the court hearing on March 1, the two women were charged with murder but they denied and said that they were cheated to take part in an innocuous prank. According to the Malaysian law, they would face the death penalty if found guilty.-VNA... [read more]

The announcement was made after the first trial of the Shah Alam High Court concluded.  Judge Azmi Ariffin who chaired the trial said the next hearings will be from October 2-5, 9-10, 24-26, and November 6-9, 13-16, and 27-30, adding that defendants could enter their plea from the October 2 hearing.  As scheduled, the court will summon 30 witnesses and 10 specialists to the hearings.  On July 28, the two suspects wore bullet-proof coats and were taken to the court under tight protection of security forces.  Under the direction of Vietnam's Foreign Ministry, the  embassy of Vietnam in Malaysia will continue working closely with Vietnamese agencies concerned and Malaysian lawyers defending Huong to ensure the trial is fair and objective and Huong's legitimate interests are protected. Kim Chol, as named in his passport, died at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13. Malaysia said he was poisoned, but the DPRK insisted that he died of a heart attack, plus high blood pressure and diabetes.  At the court hearing on March 1, the two women were charged with murder but they denied and said that they were cheated to take part in an innocuous prank. According to the Malaysian law, they would face the death penalty if found guilty.... [read more]

The Shah Alam High Court of Malaysia announced on July 28 that the trial of Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian citizen Siti Aisyah, the suspects in the murder of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) citizen Kim Chol, will last for 23 days, till the end of this November.  The announcement was made after the first trial of the Shah Alam High Court concluded.  Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong is taken to court Judge Azmi Ariffin who chaired the trial said the next hearings will be from October 2-5, 9-10, 24-26, and November 6-9, 13-16, and 27-30, adding that defendants could enter their plea from the October 2 hearing.  As scheduled, the court will summon 30 witnesses and 10 specialists to the hearings.  On July 28, the two suspects wore bullet-proof coats and were taken to the court under tight protection of security forces.  Under the direction of Viet Nam's Foreign Ministry, the  embassy of Vietnam in Malaysia will continue working closely with Vietnamese agencies concerned and Malaysian lawyers defending Huong to ensure the trial is fair and objective and Huong's legitimate interests are protected. Kim Chol, as named in his passport, died at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13. Malaysia said he was poisoned, but the DPRK insisted that he died of a heart attack, plus high blood pressure and diabetes.  At the court hearing on March 1, the two women were charged with murder but they denied and said that they were cheated to take…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The Shah Alam High Court of Malaysia announced on July 28 that the trial of Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian citizen Siti Aisyah, the suspects in the murder of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) citizen Kim Chol, will last for 23 days, until the end of this November. The announcement was made after the first trial of the Shah Alam High Court was concluded. Judge Azmi Ariffin, who chaired the trial, said that the next hearings will be from October 2-5, 9-10, 24-26 and November 6-9, 13-16 and 27-30, adding that the defendants could enter their plea from the October 2 hearing. As scheduled, the court will summon 30 witnesses and 10 specialists to the hearings. On July 28, the two suspects wore bullet-proof jackets and were taken to the court under close protection of security forces. Under the direction of Viet Nam's Foreign Ministry, the embassy of Vietnam in Malaysia will continue working closely with the Vietnamese agencies concerned and the Malaysian lawyers defending Huong, to ensure the trial is fair and objective and that Huong's legitimate interests are protected. Kim Chol, as named in his passport, died at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13. Malaysian officials claim he was poisoned, but the DPRK insist that he died of a heart attack, combined with high blood pressure and diabetes. At the court hearing on March 1, the two women were charged with murder but they denied the charge and said that they were…... [read more]

A campaign will be launched in Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho on June 27 with activities such as: “Healthy Sunday” free diabetes examination and consultancies, training classes for medical staff and workers. The campaign also aims to create 70 websites providing localised information on the disease and a nationwide electronic health profile for medical establishments at all levels. Vietnam now has about 4,5 million diabetic patients, five percent of the total population. The campaign aims to ensure that at least half of the nation’s population will be provided with adequate knowledge of the disease.... [read more]

916 patients have been discharged from hospital after treatment and 359 patients are in quarantine in stable condition, according to the Ministry of Health. Nguyen Huy Nga, a Ministry of Health official, told a meeting of the National Board for Human Influenza Control on August 12 that current treatment facilities may not meet future demand as the number of flu cases has steadily climbed. Mr Nga, who heads the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environment, warned that this could lead to a rise in the number of fatalities, especially among patients with chronic conditions such as those related to the cardiovascular system, diabetes and respiratory illnesses. Meanwhile, the Director of the Vaccine and Bio-products Company No.1, Nguyen Thu Van, said that Vietnam could produce a vaccine for the A/H1N1 flu as early as the end of 2010. The Health Ministry has asked the people to ensure their own personal hygiene and wear facemasks to control the epidemic. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has reported that 168 countries and territories all over the world have confirmed 215,090 cases of A/H1N1 flu as of August 12, including 1,735 deaths.... [read more]

The patient in Dong Nai died at the provincial children hospital on September 9. The nine-year-old boy, who lived in Don Riu Hamlet, Hang Gon Commune, Long Khanh Township, fell ill on August 28, and was taken to the Long Khanh General Hospital on September 2 when having a high fever. One day later, he was sent to the children hospital in a deep coma, with respiration failure and cardiac collapse. The treatment sub-committee reported that they had all suffered from chronic conditions such as mental problems, diabetes or high blood pressure, according to a review of the fatalities. Stressing the importance of early detection, the board also noted that their late hospitalization makes treatment ineffective. Deputy Health Minister Trinh Quan Huan asked relevant agencies to continue investigating the dead cases for better diagnosis and treatment. Dr Nguyen Van Kinh from the Institute of Contagious and Tropical Diseases emphasized that his institute has acquired a good number of biological substances needed for lab testing. This confirmation was expected to ease public worries over the possible shortage of such substances amid the complicated developments of the epidemic. As winter provides ideal conditions for the virus to develop, the institutes of preventive medicine are doing research on quick tests, which may bring higher efficiency at lower costs -just one-sixth of the price of the current Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. The epidemic is spreading in Vietnam, with an additional 110 confirmed cases reported on September 9 alone, raising the total tally to…... [read more]

The 59-year old resident in the southern province of Ben Tre was hospitalised on September 16 with symptoms of coughing and breathing difficulties. She was found to have suffered from end-stage renal failure due to kidney disease, pneumonia and type 2 diabetes for at least 12 years. She was then sent to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. She passed away on September 21 after testing positive for A/H1N1 flu virus. The ministry reported an additional 203 confirmed cases of A/H1N1 flu on September 24 alone, bringing the total number to 7,839. The epidemic has spread to 56 provinces, reported the ministry, adding that just a few northern mountainous provinces remain unaffected. Although the A/H1N1flu in the northern region has no fatal cases reported, Dr Nguyen Van Kinh, Head of the National Contagious and Tropical Disease Institute, warned that the situation would become worse in the upcoming winter, an ideal weather for the virus to develop.... [read more]




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