Health insurance to include holidays

HA NOI (VNS) — If patients using health insurance cards have health examinations and treatment on weekends and holidays, their hospital fees will be paid through their health insurance. This was one of the new regulations in Circular 16 enacted by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance. The circular will be put into effect at the beginning of September. Luu Thanh Huyen, deputy director of the HCM City Social Insurance, said a number of people in HCM City had requested having health examinations and treatment outside regular working hours. They were often patients suffering from chronic diseases that needed long-term treatment, she said. Le Hoang Quy, deputy director of the Binh Thanh District Hospital, said that the hospital received about 2,400 patients coming for health checks per day, with 90 per cent of them having health insurance cards. To meet the needs of the patients, the hospital will lengthen the time for examinations, which were from 6am to 6pm Monday to … [Read more...]

People brace for rainy season, floods

Oficials of Ca Mau Province are checking the dyke reinforcement work. — Photo kinhtetruong.vn CA MAU (VNS) — People in Tan Phu and U Minh districts of Ca Mau have been actively taking part in reinforcing sea dykes to prepare for the coming rainy season. The 100km-long sea dyke in Khanh Binh Tay, Khanh Hai and Khanh Tien communes of the two districts has been severely damaged by sea waves, the local authority said. Head of Ca Mau Province's irrigation department Nguyen Long Hoai said the dyke suffered damage and landslides regularly in the rainy season and stormy weather, causing environment pollution, saline intrusion and difficulties in transport and production. The landslides affected the lives and production work of thousands of households. This year, there were 30 cases of landslides in rivers and sea dykes in the province, causing losses of VND10 billion (US$480,000). At present, simple measures such as use of sandbags against intrusion of seawater are being … [Read more...]

Destinations cannot be ignored in Can Tho city

Can Tho city is situated in the central area of the Mekong River Delta, contributing to the city becoming an ideal destination for both domestic and foreign tourists. Can Tho city tourism is premier ecological tourism with stretching fruit gardens, spacious fields, thick river system and a south-imbued culture. Presently, as a result of well developed infrastructure, travelling to the city has become very convenient while a diverse range of hotels of many standards and an increasing number of restaurants have met the ever increasing demands of the tourism sector. Cai Rang floating market has a strong attraction for tourists. The trading activities take place between 5 and 8a.m. All the activities are carried out on the river. Tourists see farmers at work in the My Khanh tourist site. Images imbued with southern culture in ecological tourist sites. Stork gardens are also ideal destinations for tourists. Binh Thuy ancient house is known as the … [Read more...]

Good job, but not a job well done

by Chi Lan The scenes were hectic and familiar, but there were some important differences. This year marked the first time that the university entrance exam and the high school graduation exam were combined. It was also the first time in 40 years that the mercury topped 40 degrees Celsius in the capital city. These conditions made the work done by student volunteers during the four days of entrance exams all the more remarkable. The eagerness, enthusiasm and sincerity with which they helped high school students chase their dreams of a university education was very much in evidence. The deep blue shirts of volunteers were seen all over the place – at school gates, bus and train stations, houses renting rooms for students, cheap eateries. With unfailing politeness and patience, they helped the students as well as their parents, many of whom were setting foot in Ha Noi for the first time. They showed the visitors where the exams would be held, helped them find accommodation, and … [Read more...]

Promoting innovation in the development of sustainable tourism

Local residents in Duong Lam village use straw to design souvenirs. NDO - Rain, winds, storms, floods, and even garbage are things that seem like troubles for human. However, in a number of projects initiated by architect Nguyen Thu Hanh, PhD., Chairwoman of the Scientific Union for Sustainable Tourism Development (STDe) and her partners, disadvantages are turned into advantages in order to develop tourism in a sustainable manner in Vietnam. Changing thinking in exploiting natural resources Vietnam has significant potential to develop tourism, especially maritime tourism thanks to its long coastline. With more than 3,000km of coastline – including hundreds of islands and beautiful beaches – Vietnam should be one of Asia’s top tourism destinations. However, compared to other countries in the region, sea and island tourism in Vietnam is underdeveloped as only a small part of sea and island resources are being utilised. In addition, tourism services in Vietnam … [Read more...]

Northern and central regions face heat wave

Temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius will affect the northern and central regions until June 6 according to the National Meteorology and Hydrology Centre’s forecast. The heat wave poses a high risk of forest fire for a number of provinces, including Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Binh Dinh and Long An. On May 28, a fire started in the protection forest in Trieu Loc, Chau Loc and Hoang Khanh communes in northern Thanh Hoa province, the second within two days. Almost 2,000 people were mobilised to extinguish the fire, Nhan Dan newspaper reported. In northern Tuyen Quang province, low water levels in local reservoirs have led to 128 hectares of spring paddy fields drying out. Meanwhile, Da Lat city in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong is suffering from heavy rains and high humidity, which have fuelled the spread of crop diseases.-VNA … [Read more...]

Men burn forest gathering honey

Police in southern Ca Mau Province have arrested two local men for allegedly burning 10ha of Lower U Minh forest while gathering honey. Several areas in Vietnam at high risk of fire in dry season Vo Hoang Ni, 26, and Pham Quoc Tinh, 41, from Nguyen Phich Commune in U Minh District, were hired on May 14 to chop down cajeput at a plantation in the forest in Khanh Binh Tay Commune in Tran Van Thoi District. When they arrived in the forest they saw bees and decided to gather their honey. They started a fire to chase away the bees, but the flames spread quickly. After being arrested, Ni and Tinh allegedly said they tried to put out the fire themselves, but ran away after it got out of control. Local police continue to investigate into the case. … [Read more...]

Fire claims 12 ha of forest in Ca Mau

A fire stemming from prolonged intense heat engulfed 12 hectares of the U Minh Ha forest in the southernmost province of Ca Mau at 12 am on May 14. The nine-year-old cajuput forest is located in Khanh Binh Tay commune, Tran Van Thoi district. This is the first fire in the province in the 2015 dry season. The case is under further investigation. According to the the Forest Management Department, 19,000 of nearly 38,500 hectares of cajuput forest are facing extremely high fire risks as prolonged dry weather diminishes the supply of water available for fire fighters to extinguish blazes. To cope with the situation, the provincial People’s Committee has requested the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development cooperate with authorised bodies and local governments to encourage local households to protect forests and prevent fire during the drought. Ca Mau has also implemented a number of precautionary programmes, including around-the-clock patrols, fire drills and … [Read more...]

Chau Doc recognised as a class two city under An Giang province

Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Phan Van Sau (R) presents the prime minister’s decision recognising Chau Doc as a class two city. (Credit: baoangiang.com.vn) NDO – An Giang province held a ceremony on April 25 to mark the 40th anniversary of southern liberation and national reunification as well as to announce the prime minister’s decision recognising Chau Doc as a class two city under An Giang. Beginning as a small town, Chau Doc was acknowledged by the Construction Ministry as a class three city in 2007 before being approved as a city under An Giang province on July 19, 2013 by the prime minister. After nearly two years since the upgrade, Chau Doc city has contributed to making An Giang the first Mekong Delta province to have two class two cities, including Chau Doc and Long Xuyen. Chau Doc has a population of 158,000 and an urbanisation rate of over 92%. The city recorded an average income of more than VND60.3 million per capita in 2014 and total … [Read more...]

Hustle and bustle of fish markets

(VOV) - The border gate in An Giang province has been lively, boisterous, colourful, smelly and gritty with an electric atmosphere during the early months of the year, full of Cambodian traders travelling to Vietnam to buy fish, shrimp and prawns. At the crossing there is a lot of talk that Cambodia once a powerhouse in the Southeast Asian region for fish exports has transformed into just the reverse, a lucrative export market for the Vietnamese aquaculture industry. Cambodia has been transitioning into a large prosperous fish market for Vietnamese farmers said Lam The Gioi Customs Department head at the Tinh Bien border gate. Since the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, exports of seafood have been on the uptick with hundreds of tonnes of seafood having made its way into Cambodia via the border crossing. The selection has been quite varied including snake head catfish, white carp, common carp, grass carp, bighead carp, Spanish mackerel, short body mackerel, salmon, prawn, shrimp, crab, … [Read more...]

City singers to organize music show to raise funds for ‘border kids’

Iconic singers including Dam Vinh Hung and Quang Dung will take part in a charity music show at Dong Dao Bar on February 3 to raise funds for gifts to be given to children in the border areas of Vietnam to celebrate the lunar New Year (Tet), which arrives in two weeks. It is part of the campaign entitled ‘Tet for border school children’ which was launched by Tuoi Tre Newspaper and has attracted donations from a large amount of individuals and enterprises. On behalf of Tuoi Tre, singer Dam Vinh Hung has invited many others to join the event, including Duong Trieu Vu, Giang Hong Ngoc, Trong Khuong, Khanh Binh, Ngoc Tram and Han Thai Tu. Dong Dao Bar -- located at 164 Pasteur, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City – is contributing to the event by not charging for the organization of the show and making banners and designing the background of the stage. Nguyen Thanh Lam, the manager of Dong Dao, said he will donate all proceeds from the show to the … [Read more...]

An Giang aims to tap huge potential

The Mekong Delta province of An Giang, which shares nearly 100 kilometres of its border with Cambodia, has enormous potential for socio-economic development, the Vietnam Investment Review (VIR) reported. With two international border gates - Tinh Bien and Vinh Xuong, and two national border gates - Khanh Binh and Vinh Hoi Dong, the province is regarded as a major economic and trade hub, connecting the three major cities of Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho and Phnom Penh and serves as an important gateway for trade exchanges among localities in the delta region and Cambodia and other ASEAN member countries. An Giang border gate economic zone covers 256.8 square kilometres, and is divided into three functional zones: 99 sq.km Vinh Xuong border economic zone (EZ), 92 sq.km Tinh Bien border EZ, and 74 sq.km Khanh Binh border EZ. In the previous years, the province has concentrated on calling for investment into infrastructure to help fostering tourism and border economic development. … [Read more...]

Cultural activities mark Teachers Day

HCM CITY (VNS) - A cultural festival and a concert featuring music, dance and fashion shows teachers are among the events being held in HCM City to mark Teachers' Day, November 20. The five-day festival begins today at the Youth Cultural House with more than 300 teachers and students from secondary schools taking part in games and sports. A Thu Phap (calligraphy) contest will begin tomorrow, featuring students aged 7 to 15. Music and song programmes and fashion shows by young performers, mostly from local universities and colleges, will be performed nightly. The music concert titled Thay Va Tro (Teachers and Students) performed by artists of the city's Music Conservatory will be staged on November 19. More than 50 veteran and young musicians will play famous works in jazz, rock symphony, flamenco acoustic music. Music teacher Hoang Diep will conduct the orchestra, and the event will be aired on HTV9. Among other events that will begin tomorrow at the Dam Sen Park is a music gala … [Read more...]

Workshop discusses private sector engagement in pro-poor value chain development

Country Director of SDC in Vietnam Samuel Waelty speaks at the workshop. Nhan Dan Online - The Market Access for the Rural Poor (MARP) Programme, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC), organised a workshop in Hanoi on July 3 to discuss how to engage the private sector in pro-poor value chain development. Engaging the private sector in working with the poor is crucial for increasing their income, said Country Director of SDC in Vietnam, Samuel Waelty, adding that with higher risks and transaction costs in the rural areas, and a lack of stable market linkages, it remained a strong challenge to mobilise private sector resources for sustainable pro-poor growth. The workshop was a forum to learn from and share international and Vietnamese examples and experience, in order to find solutions for working with the private sector to achieve sustainable income both for the rural poor and the private sector, he noted. In his presentation at the workshop, … [Read more...]

UN report highlights importance of midwifery in saving lives of women and newborns

Deputy Minister Nguyen Viet Tien speaks at the launch. Nhan Dan Online - The 2014 United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report on the state of the world's midwifery has revealed that having midwives at the bedside of each pregnant woman in the world can save millions of lives. Addressing the launch ceremony for the State of the World's Midwifery Report 2014 entitled 'A Universal Pathway. A Woman's Right to Heath' in Hanoi on July 2, Deputy Minister of Health, Nguyen Viet Tien said midwifery played a crucial role in Vietnam's maternal and newborn health care system. A skilled midwifery workforce with high competency, motivated and supported by the health care system, was a key to successfully reducing maternal and newborn mortality and contributed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals of decreased child death and increased maternal health and universal access to reproductive health, he said. The Deputy Minister also spoke highly of the UNFPA initiative to recruit and … [Read more...]

Can Tho unveils new tours

The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta city of Can Tho has launched five new tours of up to two days that take in popular destinations, food, culture, and other entertainment. They take visitors to the Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets, Sau Hoai rice noodle factory, Southern Truc Lam zen monastery, My Khanh tourism village, Giao Duong orchard and Binh Thuy traditional house. Cai Rang, a speciality market around 4km from Ninh Kieu wharf, sells mostly fruits and other agricultural produce. Hundreds of people in boats begin selling their goods early in the morning and end by 8-9am. - VNS … [Read more...]

Smuggling continues unabated across Vietnamese-Cambodian border

VietNamNet Bridge - Smuggling from Cambodia to Vietnam occurs at border gates in southwestern provinces, with the common products being sugar, tobacco, petrol and cattle. At the border gates in An Giang province, cigarettes are smuggled from Cambodia to Vietnam. The smugglers tie hundreds of "Hero" labeled cigarette packs around their bodies to cross the border into Vietnam. This scene is very common at the Vinh Suong border gate in Tan Chau town, An Giang province. Every day, there are dozens of motorcycles transporting smuggled cigarettes on National Highway 91 from Chau Doc to Long Xuyen (An Giang). According to An Giang authorities, they have detected 835 cases of smuggled goods worth over VND17.4 billion ($870,000) in January-April this year, including over 278,000 packs of cigarette. Destruction of thousands of packets of smuggled cigarettes In An Giang. Thai sugar is smuggled through the border. Every day, trucks - each carrying 600-900 sugar bags - run … [Read more...]

New habits prevent outbreaks

by Gia Loc HCM CITY (VNS) — The number of measles and dengue fever cases has subsided as a result of local citizens' increased awareness of the need for vaccinations and preventive hygienic measures. General Department of Preventive Medicine said that measles cases had hit a peak in February but had fallen in the last few weeks. As of May 29, at least 96.3 per cent of people had received the necessary two measles shots, compared to 57.5 per cent as of April 19. Binh Phuoc Province, where only 8.21 per cent of children had received shots as of April 19, was included on the department's list of provinces that had achieved a 95 per cent rate or above as of May 29. Since the beginning of the year, the country has recorded 4,950 incidences of measles. Of those, 87 per cent did not get measles vaccinations. Many parents thought that getting measles was not life-threatening, so they were not especially concerned about taking their children to get vaccinations. Dr Truong Huu Khanh, head … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 20/5

Deputy PM: Don't get trapped by bad elements Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam late last week called for the public, particularly patriotic workers at industrial parks, to stay vigilant against ill-intentioned elements. "The people of Vietnam should be vigilant and carefully consider when and where they need to express patriotism to produce the best results," he told scientists at the Ministry of Science and Technology office in Hanoi on Saturday. "We should help workers and other ordinary people understand that they might get trapped by bad elements. Public order and safety must be guaranteed when they display their patriotism and more importantly, the image of a peace-loving country like Vietnam must be protected." Over the past week a number of improvised protests against China's illegal placement of an oilrig well within Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf have happened in some provinces but many protestors have violated laws as incited by malevolent … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City wins National Team Tennis Championships

Phi Khanh (pictured) and her teammate Tam Hao help HCM City safeguard the women's championship title. Nhan Dan Online - Few surprises were seen in the 2014 National Team Tennis Championships - Vietravel Cup, which concluded on April 17, as Ho Chi Minh City successfully defended its crowns in both the men's and women's events for the third consecutive year. The women's finals on April 16 saw HCM City overwhelm the Army team 2-0, thanks to sparkling performances by national team members Huynh Phi Khanh and Tran Thi Tam Hao. Phi Khanh cleared her Army opponent Tran Thi Thuy Linh in two straight sets of 6/4 and 6/1 before Tam Hao rallied past Tu Thi Kim Ngan 6/2, 6/0 to seal their team's aggregate triumph. Regarding the men's side, HCM City, served by Pham Huu Vinh, Nguyen Hoang Thien and Le Quoc Khanh, clawed back to overcome Ca Mau 2-1 in the April 17 finals to complete their double of titles in this year's competition. The six-day event took place in … [Read more...]