New hospital building delayed due to slow compensation for residents
A design of the new facility for HCM City Hospital for Traumatology and Orthopaedics. Source http://www.medinet.hochiminhcity.gov.vn
Slow compensation for residents affected by the construction project has delayed construction on a new facility for HCM City Hospital for Traumatology and Orthopaedics for six years.
The project to build the new facility was approved by the Prime Minister in 2010. In 2011, investors designed to build a 5,000-square metre facility, which was later expanded to more than 7,000 square metres.
HCM City People’s Committee has instructed the authorities of Bình Chánh District, where the new facility will be located, and investors to speed up the construction many times, but the project still has not yet been started.
In 2016, for instance, the committee required that the project begin in December of that year and would be expected to be completed this year.
According to the city Department of Health, construction on the new facility with 500 beds was delayed to the second quarter of last year. Its total capital is VNĐ1.7 billion (US$75,555).
However, Phụ Nữ (Women) newspaper reports that until now, no construction work has been done. The project continues to be delayed because of slow clearance and compensation.
A 60-year-old woman living on the construction site said that her family still had not yet received money for compensation so they had not moved to another place to live.
Phan Quang Trí, HCM City Hospital for Traumatology and Orthopaedics’s head, told the newspaper that nearly 2,000 patients every day visited the hospital for health examinations and treatment.
All the hospital’s rooms for health examination and surgeries as well as others are being degraded, according to Trí.
It needs a new facility to meet the demand of the high number of patients, he said, adding that patients would be in more clean, airy and hygienic rooms.
The hospital’s leaders do not know the reason why this new facility is stalled.
They want construction to begin soon for the hospital to be able to improve the quality of health examinations and treatment as well as provide professional technical training.
Bình Chánh District’s People’s Committee has not yet explained the delay of the project and the slowness in compensation.
Acecook Việt Nam to sponsor national football teams
The Việt Nam Football Federation’s general secretary Lê Hoài Anh (right) and representative of Acecook Việt Nam Joint Stock Company in the signing ceremony on April 2. — Photo vff.org.vn
Acecook Việt Nam Joint Stock Company has inked a one-year contract with the Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF) in HCM City to become the sponsor of national football teams.
Attending the signing ceremony on April 2 was VFF general secretary Lê Hoài Anh, head coach of the national senior football team Park Hang-seo and general director of Acecook Kajiwara Junichi.
Under the deal, Acecook will sponsor the national senior men’s football team, U23 team and national women’s team.
Junichi said Acecook did not outline any goals for the Vietnamese teams but hoped they would achieve a lot.
Anh said Acecook’s sponsorship would be a great support for the national teams to compete in international tournaments this year.
For the first time in the country’s history, six Vietnamese football teams qualified for the finals of Asian championships, including the national team, national U23 team and women’s team.
In 2018, VFF plans to spend some VNĐ70 billion (US$3.1 million) on the teams’ training and competition to help them prove the country’s talent in football in the international arena.
Seat belt mandatory to prevent injury during accident
Parents practice wearing seat belt at the “Protect Your Precious” campaign in Hà Nội.
People who do not wear a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be thrown out of a vehicle during a crash.
More than 75 per cent of people who are ejected during a fatal crash die from their injuries.
The information was released at the launching of “Protect Your Precious” campaign in Hà Nội on Sunday. Co-organised by General Motors Việt Nam (GM Việt Nam), Việt Nam National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), Ministry of Education and Training and Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation, it aimed to promote the use of safety seats for children and raise awareness of the importance of children wearing seat belts.
The campaign includes a series of communication activities and three knowledge-sharing workshops for car-owning parents in Hà Nội, Đà Nẵng and HCM City.
Nguyễn Trọng Thái, NTSC’s chief officer, said there were more than 20 fatalities and 60 injuries (in Việt Nam) every day due to road accidents. Annually, accidents cost 2.5-2.9 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product, or VNĐ250-300 billion (US$11 million – $13 million) per day.
According to AIP Foundation, children are particularly vulnerable and road accident is the second-leading cause of death of Vietnamese children in the five to 14 age group. Every four minutes around the world, a child dies in a road crash. In Việt Nam, 2,000 children die in road accidents every year.
“As Việt Nam’s economy continues to grow, so too will the number of families who own cars and use them as their main mode of transportation. To protect our children and promote a culture of road safety, we must encourage safe habits among all road users, whether it’s wearing a helmet or buckling a seat belt,” said Greig Craft, President of AIP Foundation.
“GM Việt Nam is conducting this campaign to join the Government’s efforts in ensuring the safety of young passengers through the 2018 National Traffic Safety Year, which is themed on ‘Traffic Safety for Children’”, said Ian Nicholls, president of GM Southeast Asia.
The 2018 National Traffic Safety Year aims to reduce the number of children deaths caused by accidents by 10 per cent from last year.
Government’s Decree 46/2016 made it mandatory since the beginning of this year for passengers in the back seats of a car to put on their seat belts on the road. Violators will be imposed a fine of VNĐ100,000-200,000. The old regulation only required the driver and passenger sitting next to the driver to wear seat belts.
Artichokes help Sa Pa farmers prosper
Artichokes are native to the Mediterranean region and can be found throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas, but they are less frequently encountered in Asian countries.
They were first brought to Việt Nam by the French at the turn of the 20th century. The preferred regions to grow them were those with a more temperate climate, such as Sa Pa, Đà Lạt and Tam Đảo.
Artichokes grown in the Sa Pa District of Lào Cai Province contain a high concentration of cynarin (artichoke concentrate) which can reduce cholesterol production by the liver and expel cholesterol from the liver and gallbladder. This process then stimulates liver bile production and distribution, which in turn helps in the breakdown of fat.
During the 1990’s artichokes were so common in Sa Pa that local people would regularly collect the leaves, flowers or roots for personal use. The over exploitation of artichokes without proper re-cultivation eventually led to the plants becoming near-extinct in the region.
By 1998 deputy general director of Traphaco Joint Stocks Company Nguyễn Huy Văn declared that the company intended on restoring artichoke farms to Sa Pa, having discovered that only a few artichoke trees were preserved in the region – in the garden of the Sa Pa Herbs Research Centre – part of the Herbal Medicine Institute.
Traphaco asked the institute to import artichoke seeds from New Zealand and the Netherlands, or alternatively to transport them from the Central Highland City of Đà Lạt in order to be planted in Sa Pa. Unfortunately, the seeds failed to adapt to the chilled climate of the mountainous northern region.
“We finally concentrated on revitalizing artichoke production in Sa Pa, starting with the few trees nursed by the Herbal Medicine Institute,” Văn said, adding that it was essential that they applied the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) guidelines on sustainable agricultural and collection practices during the process.
The company shared artichoke farming techniques with local farmers, helping them to grow the fruit, and committed to purchasing all output.
Văn pointed out that Việt Nam has around 4,000 herbal remedies, meaning a valuable market could be created from utilising local knowledge in the field.
“Currently, traditional medicine is not only limited to traditional methods of herbal medicine production but also the application of advanced science and technology from product development and plant care to harvest, processing and packaging,” Văn said.
Thào A Từ, a farmer from Suối Hồ Hamlet, Sa Pa District said that since 2011, he has shifted more than 3,000 sq.m of land from rice production to artichokes, earning him around VNĐ70 million (US$ 3,000) annually– six times more than he would have earned from rice cultivation.
“Thanks to artichoke farming, I can afford to send my two children to school and build a new house,” Từ said.
Another farmer Thào A Cáng, from Suối Hồ Hamlet, Sa Pả Commune, Sa Pa District said that before co-operation with Traphaco his family attempted to grow artichokes, but the trees wouldn’t adapt to the climate.
Cáng went on to say that after Traphaco shared their growing methods and sent technicians to his farm to advise him, he could produce seedlings in abundance and even grow other crops in his artichoke garden to bring in more money.
“I have worked with the company for eight years. I was the first farmer who grew artichokes in my hamlet,” Cáng said, adding that he later taught other farmers in the area to develop their artichoke farms.
Director of Lào Cai Province’s Agriculture Department Nguyễn Anh Tuấn said that nearly 200 families were growing artichokes on total area of 100 ha in two districts – Lào Cai and Bắc Hà – in the province.
One hectare of artichokes could generate around VNĐ 300 million ($13,000) annually, and farmers could earn a yearly profit of up to VNĐ 150 million per hectare.
“In artichoke farming zones, farmers have better incomes than others in the province,” Tuấn said.
Tuấn said that thanks to the WHO’s guidelines on good agricultural and collection practices (GACP-WHO), production of artichokes in the province has noticeably increased.
“Artichokes can grow well when combining local weather with improved cultivation from local farmers,” Tuấn said.
He also said that the mountainous northern province wanted to expand artichoke production, although this is dependant on market demand.
Besides artichokes, Traphaco are also co-operating with pharmaceutical companies to pilot growing other crops that could be used as herbal remedies
Việt Nam Youth Theatre celebrates 40th anniversary
German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle will be performed by the Việt Nam Youth Theatre in celebration of the theatre’s 40th anniversary. Photo sankhau.com.vn
The Việt Nam Youth Theatre will perform a series of plays in Hà Nội between April 5 – 10 to mark the 40th anniversary of its establishment. The opening performance of the five day extravaganza will be the play Ai Là Thủ Phạm (Who is the Culprit).
Written by the late playwright Lưu Quang Vũ, Ai Là Thủ Phạm brings to life the day-to-day experiences of families living in Hà Nội during the subsidy period of the 1980’s. The play deals with the generational differences of its characters, highlighting each generation’s approaches to social evils like corruption and moral depravity.
Director Chí Trung has successfully recreated the subsidy-era characters on stage for the audience to experience. The play will be performed by prominent artists such as Lê Khanh, Minh Hằng and Đức Khuê – all of whom hail from the first generation of contemporary Vietnamese theatre.
“The Youth Theatre is the only one to perform for young audiences in Việt Nam,” said Chí Trung, who is also the theatre director. “The Youth Theatre is a go-to destination for young art lovers.”
“The theatre will continue its mission to make good use of traditional culture to develop its performances. In the future the theatre will produce works in Broadway form. Additionally, the theatre will continue its music and theatre productions for young audiences.”
Established in 1978, the Youth Theatre has not only performed in Việt Nam but also co-operates with art troupes in countries such as Japan and Germany. It is currently a member of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ).
The theatre artists will perform the best from Đời Cười (Laughing Life), a comedy series that has attracted large audiences since its debut in 2001, as well as a music show on April 6 & 7 at the Hà Nội Opera House.
On top of this, a street carnival will kick off at 10am on April 8 in the walking streets around Hoàn Kiếm Lake, giving the public a chance to watch performers parade in festive costumes. The day will be marked by two shows, including an open-door music show starting at 8pm at the Lý Thái Tổ Statue on Đinh Tiên Hoàng Street, and a performance of The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Hà Nội Opera House.
The The Caucasian Chalk Circle will be staged by German Dominik Guenther as part of an ongoing co-operation project between the Youth Theatre and Goethe Institute.
A meeting of established and emerging artists who have worked at the theatre during its 40-year lifetime will be held on April 9 at the Hà Nội Opera House.
Located at 11 Ngô Thì Nhậm Street, Hai Bà Trưng District, the 500-seat Việt Nam Youth Theatre is among the rare State-owned theatre spaces in the capital city to perform three last days a week.
Shuttlecocks and shuttle flights
Employee benefits are important to many workers, but at the end of the day employers decided when and how they are doled out.
An airport in the central province of Đồng Hới was fined VNĐ35 million (US$1,500) last week for closing a terminal so staff could play badminton.
The terminal was closed from 7.55am to 9am, causing chaos for passengers of an aircraft coming from Khánh Hòa Province, who had to claim their baggage at a restricted area in another terminal.
Some passengers who arrived at the airport early for their flights were forced to wait for the games to end before checking in.
Kudos to the airport bosses for giving staff a chance to exercise. But perhaps shutting an entire terminal in the middle of the day was a step too far.
Never too late
Some say gender equality starts at home. Unfortunately, it certainly didn’t in the case of an elderly woman in Thái Bình Province, who divorced her husband at the age of 86 because “he never washes dishes.”
Dzung and her ex-husband married when she was in her twenties. The man never once helped with household chores during their 60 years of marriage, Dzung said.
“All these years all I asked of him was, for once, to help me to cook a meal or wash dishes when I was ill with a fever or had back pain,” she said. “But he never did.”
She wanted to get divorced twice, in 1985 and 1992, but her family talked her out of it. In September 2014, Dzung decided she was through and filed for divorce. She was officially freed from the marriage in 2016.
Having no children with her ex-husband, now at 88, Dzuing enjoys her time at a nursing home in Hà Nội, supported by her retirement pension and her relatives, with no husband in sight.
A friendly reminder to men who think household chores are a woman’s job: Don’t take anything for granted, even a person you may think belongs to you.
Only big breasted ladies need apply
Appearance doesn’t seem to be a requirement just for beauty pageants anymore, but also for getting work in the railway sector.
The Ministry of Health caused confusion last week with its announcement of health requirements for train drivers and assistants.
The proposal included a breast measurement requirement: men’s not smaller than 80cm and women’s not smaller than 75cm. People with upper jaw protrusions were also unfit for rail work, the proposal said.
The requirements hit the headlines, and after much debate from citizens, a health ministry official explained the breast size specifications.
“It is only a biological measure to ensure candidates have large lung expansion and good respiration and are able to meet the job’s requirements,” said Lê Lương Đống, head of the Rehabilitation Department under the health ministry’s Medical Services Administration, member of the proposal drafting group.
As for the jaw deformity, as if realising it has nothing to do with the job, Đổng said it will no longer be an issue for potential candidates.
Next time if they plan to keep on having odd job requirements, officials may want to consider including an appendix.
GM Vietnam launches Child Passenger Safety Campaign across Vietnam
General Motors Vietnam, part of US automotive giant GM, has just kicked off its Protect Your Precious campaign in collaboration with the Vietnamese National Traffic Safety Committee, the Ministry of Education and Training, and Asia Injury Prevention Foundation to promote the use of child safety seats and the importance of children wearing seatbelts.
Under the theme “Backseat. Buckled up,” the campaign includes a series of communication activities leveraging the media and social networks, along with three knowledge-sharing workshops for car-owning parents in the three major cities of Hanoi, Danang, and Ho Chi Minh City.
The campaign is aimed at preventing unnecessary deaths and injuries among children by raising public awareness of the significance of child safety seats and seatbelts as well as emphasising parents’ responsibility for keeping their children safe when traveling in vehicles.
At the kick-off event at Dich Vong A Primary School in Hanoi, parents and their children actively participated in road safety games for kids and a knowledge-sharing workshop hosted by National Traffic Safety Committee experts.
“GM Vietnam is conducting this campaign to join the government’s efforts to ensure the safety of young vehicle passengers through the 2018 National Traffic Safety Year, the theme of which is ‘Traffic Safety for Children’,” said Ian Nicholls, president of GM Southeast Asia.
“GM has always been committed to serving and contributing to the development of the communities where we live and work around the world. Bearing in mind the ‘We care’ spirit, we will continue to strengthen this commitment through activities that make a difference in people’s lives,” he added.
“GM is more than just an American business, it is a company that takes its role as a member of this community seriously to contribute to the greater good, to solve problems, and to improve the lives of the Vietnamese people. I am proud of the work GM is doing in Vietnam to improve transportation safety for children,” said Caryn McClelland, US Embassy deputy chief of Mission.
According to AIP Foundation figures, road crashes in Vietnam cause approximately 22,419 fatalities and more than 453,617 injuries each year, which results in an annual loss of an estimated $3 billion.
Children are particularly vulnerable. Every four minutes, a child in the world dies in a road crash. In Vietnam, 2,000 children die from road crashes each year. This is the second leading cause of death for Vietnamese children between the ages of 5 and 14.
For children, wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to prevent death and serious injury in a vehicle crash. People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash.
“Many parents who drive cars in Vietnam are not aware of the risks of not wearing seatbelts or using child safety seats,” said Khuat Viet Hung, vice chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee. “Through the campaign, we will focus on educating parents and families about the importance of keeping their children safe and secure when traveling. Seatbelts and child restraints are a simple step that every family can take to reduce the risk of injury or death.”
To promote the campaign’s message and share traffic safety knowledge with more families, two similar workshops will be held on April 8 at Phu Dong Primary School in Danang and April 13 at Dinh Tien Hoang Primary School in Ho Chi Minh City.
With the support of the US Embassy and government authorities, the campaign is expected to include the participation of more than 700 parents in the three cities. With the assistance of the media, the campaign is expected to benefit more than 76,000 people across Vietnam.
This is not the first time that GM Vietnam has engaged in traffic safety activities. In 2016, GM Vietnam collaborated with AIP Foundation to donate 1,000 motorcycle helmets to primary school students in Hanoi.
GM Vietnam has also actively participated in a wide range of other social and charitable activities covering social welfare, healthcare, education, and environmental protection.
In 2017 alone, activities included delivering Tet gifts, donating equipment to the Turtle Conservation Centre in Ninh Binh province, planting mangrove trees in Nam Dinh province, building playgrounds from recycled materials, and supporting the flood-affected community in Lao Cai province, among others.
This year, GM Vietnam has presented 50 Chevrolet scholarships to disadvantaged students from 14 schools in Hanoi’s Thanh Tri district who had excellent academic achievements, and supported the construction of five charity houses in Thanh Tri district.
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