Mozambican PM visits Steering Committee on incidents and disaster response

However, the coordination remains inadequate, according to a political report presented at the 11th National Party Congress. Therefore, the Communist Party of Vietnam worked out important directions to ensure both marine-based economic growth and national defence and security until 2020. In the document of its 11th National Congress, the Party focused on developing the marine economy to fully tap Vietnam’s potential. Vietnam has a coastline of 3,260 km and sovereignty and jurisdiction over a total area of about 1 million square kilometres of the sea includinginternal waters, territorial waters, the contiguous zone, exclusive economic zones and its continental shelf. It has 3,000 islands of various sizes, 12 archipelagoes, as well as the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos. All the sea and islands are in 125 coastal districts in 28 provinces, including 12 island districts. Of the 1,656 km2 of Vietnam’s islands and archipelagos, 66 islands are inhabited with a total population of more than 155,000 people. All the islands and archipelagoes are an inseparable part of the country that plays a very important role in national defence and construction. Developing the marine-based economy The Party and State have attached great importance to the sea and islands and are determined to turn Vietnam into a strong marine-based country, considering it a strategic target for national defence and construction. In the 1990-1992 period, Vietnam launched an East Sea – Islands programme, followed by the Party Politburo’s policies on sea-based economic development and the struggle to protect the country’s sovereignty…... [read more]

This is the curtain raising event to mark the Vietnam – Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year 2012 and confirms the unswerving policy of Vietnam to treasure and bring bilateral relations to a new height. Bilateral relations have been continuously promoted in various fields through the exchange of reciprocal visits by the two countries’ top leaders. Worthy of note were last year’s visits to Vietnam by President Chummaly Sayasone, Prime Minister Thongsinh Thammavong, and National Assembly Chairperson Pany Yathotu, and visits to Laos by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. They have reinforced trust and bonds between the two nations. Phankham Viphavan, President of the Laos – Vietnam Friendship Association, says such special relations are found nowhere else in the world. “Our leaders have paid special care to improving the younger generation’s understanding of the two nations’ traditional relations,” says Viphavan. “The project on the traditional Vietnam-Laos relations has contributed practically to enhancing the awareness of the two countries’ peoples on their loyal and close ties." 2012 is observed as the Vietnam – Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year, which also marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties and 35 years of the Vietnam – Laos Friendship and Cooperation Treaty. Vietnam has established a national steering committee on the Vietnam – Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year with various activities to be held nationwide. Vu Xuan Hong, Chairman of the Union of Vietnam Friendship Organizations, says the two Friendship Organizations should actively prepare for the celebration, and…... [read more]

"It is imperative to severely punish corrupt officers who have involved in trade fraud, or aided and abetted smugglers," he stressed. Phuc, who is also Head of the National Steering Committee for Anti-Smuggling, Trade Frauds and Counterfeit Goods, raised his concern over the escalation of smuggling and trade fraud that have caused negative impact on people’s health and living conditions. He asked relevant ministries, agencies and localities to make greater efforts in combating these crimes by promoting information dissemination and intensifying strict inspection against smuggling and trade fraud. He proposed finalizing the legal scheme and offering local businesses more incentives to help them develop and protect their brand names in order to sharpen the competitive edge of Made-in-Vietnam products.... [read more]

The PM asked the Ministry of Health and the national steering committee for human influenza prevention and control to closely monitor and effectively respond to the developments of the epidemic. According to the PM, necessary measures must be employed at border gates to control the movement of travellers and commodities from the affected areas. Any suspected cases must be quarantined for further monitoring, and border gates must be well prepared to receive and treat these patients to ensure the epidemic cannot spread further across the community. The PM asked the Ministry of Health and the national steering committee to work closely with the World Health Organisation to keep media agencies and the people abreast of the epidemic and preventative measures. The Ministry of Health said that it has prepared 1,000 respirators, 34 quick-test sets and hundreds of thousands of boxes of chemical disinfectant to be supplied to provinces and cities in case of emergency. Hanoi braces itself for swine flu An inspection task force comprising staff from various sectors has been deployed to monitor seven checkpoints in the capital city of Hanoi around the clock to pre-empt any possible swine flu outbreak. Veterinarians, market controllers, police and even servicemen are present at the sites to supervise the transport of livestock and poultry and sterilize it in a timely fashion, says Nguyen Huy Dang, Vice Director of the Municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Mr Dang says that the city is making a huge effort to quarantine all animals as…... [read more]

At 04.00 on May 4, Chan-Hom, the first of its kind to hit the East Sea this year, was positioned at 10.3 degrees north latitude and 112.1 degrees east longitude, about 380km off the south-central coast. It packed winds of between 62-74km near its centre. In the next 24 hours, the storm is forecast to move slowly north and northwest and continue to strengthen. South-central and south-western provinces are expected to experience strong winds and heavy rains in the coming days. The National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control on May 3 asked coastal provinces and cities from Da Nang to Ca Mau to keep a close watch on the development of the storm, strictly manage the number of fishing vessels operating at sea and draw up prevention plans if the storm makes landfall.... [read more]

Mr Nga gave the warning at a conference held in Hanoi on May 6 by the National Steering Committee on Influenza in Humans. The official reported that the nearly 18,000 visitors who have entered the country through 10 border gates and airports have all been monitored and two of them were found with high temperatures and subsequently quarantined until the final test results are available. Vietnam has applied emergency measures to prevent the epidemic from reaching its shores, he said, adding that by 5pm on May 6, the country had still not detected any cases of virus A/H1N1 infection. To effectively prevent the spread of the virus, the Health Ministry has been holding training courses for local medical workers in all 63 provinces and cities. The ministry has also entrusted local preventive medical centres and hospitals to keep a close watch round the clock to promptly discover and deal with any cases of infection.... [read more]

The centre said local authorities across the region should take measures to prevent floods to minimise human and property losses. Heavy rains over the past few days have already caused damage to both human and property in the northern region. Statistics on the damage should be available in the next few days, reported the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control, Heavy rains trigged a landslide which killed two people in Bac Kan province and held up traffic on a section of National Highway 3 which links Bac Kan and Hanoi. The Cau river in Bac Ninh is being constantly monitored as its waters have already surpassed the dangerous level of 50cm. The local authorities have been working to repair the damage and have evacuated people from areas at high risk of landslides. Heavy rains inundated more than 5ha of rice, 4h of other crops and 1ha of an aquaculture farm in Yen Bai province’s Tran Dien district, causing an estimated loss of VND100 million (US$5,600) Lightning has also been a problem; it has struck and killed six and injured 12 farmers harvesting rice during a thunderstorm in central Nghe An province last Saturday. Farmers are being warned not to stay in their fields during thunderstorms.... [read more]

The MoH said that they were a mother and child returning to Vietnam from the US. However, an independent source said they were not on the same flight with the first patient. So far, A/H1N1 flu has been recorded in 56 nations and territories in the world and Vietnam is the 54th country. Currently, the swine flu situation in the world remains complicated. In Vietnam, the disease has a high risk of spreading out from city centres, so people, especially for those who have had contact with A/H1N1 patients, should actively observe MoH regulations. The same day, the MoH and the National Steering Committee for Avian Influenza Disease Control and Prevention held an urgent meeting to discuss preventive measures against the spread of the epidemic and prepare facilities and medicines to efficiently cope with A/H1N1 flu.... [read more]

It is estimated that about 40,000 Vietnamese die from smoking-related diseases each year, quadruple the number of road traffic fatalities. The annual cost of treating lung cancer, coronary thrombosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the most common diseases caused by smoking, is estimated to reach more than VND1 trillion (US$56.2 million). “Hidden face” murderer With the message of “Show the truth: Picture warnings save lives”, World No Tobacco Day (May 31) and Vietnam’s national “no smoking” week (May 24-31) will focus on health warnings describing the harmful effects of tobacco use on tobacco packaging. The health warning in pictures is an effective education channel with low expenditure because most smokers see the message. According to Dr. Ly Ngoc Kinh, deputy head of the national steering committee for preventing the harmful effects of tobacco, health warnings that contain both pictures and words will leave smokers with stronger impression of harmful effects of tobacco use. “At present, most people know that tobacco is harmful, but they still lack knowledge about smoking-related diseases,” he said. A survey, conducted by the Vietnam Standards and Consumer Protection, showed that more than 80 percent of Vietnamese consumers said that the health warning “smoking causes lung cancer” on tobacco packaging should cover 50 percent of the packaging instead of 30 percent as at present. Another study also demonstrated that the health warnings on tobacco packaging have helped to reduce the rate of male smokers in Vietnam by 1.1 percent. However, the current health warnings are shown in…... [read more]

He said on June that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Vietnam Sea and Islands GeneralDepartment will play a key role in the organising board and the steering committee, which will include representatives from the relevant ministries and agencies, such as the Ministry of Defence, the Navy, marine police forces and the search and rescue committees in 28 coastal provinces. It is important to bring the all the week’s activities as close to life as possible, Hoi said. The Sea and Island GeneralDepartment also proposed presenting “For Home Seas” awards to organisations and individuals who have made great contributions to protecting the country’s territorial waters. Earlier on June 12, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung agreed to the organisation of the Sea and Islands Week from June 1-8 every year in response to World Environment Day, June 5, and World Ocean Day, June 8, following the proposal by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.... [read more]