Dear the Editor, I am a person addicted to Methadone. I very badly want to fit into a programme as soon as possible. I can pay as well. Just please let me know what I have to do. How much do I have to pay? Do I have to go everyday? I live in Ha Noi but I am from Canada. Anon. Dear Sir or Madam, Methadone Maintenance Therapy (MMT) has been piloted in Viet Nam since 2008 by the Ministry of Health. Their programme has been implemented in 15 cities and provinces so far, including Ha Noi, HCM City, Hai Phong, Da Nang and Hoa Binh. We have contacted the Ha Noi Centre for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control and been told that this programme has been designed for Vietnamese addicts to rehabilitate for free. They have not had a foreigner join the programme so far. The director of the centre, Le Nhan Tuan, said that you are welcome to visit them anytime for a consultation at Khu hanh chinh moi quan Ha Dong (Ha Dong District New Administrative Area), which is on the expanded To Hieu Street in the … [Read more...] about Pilot project gives addicts hope – Opinion – You Asked – Vietnam News Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports
You Asked, published on Tuesdays, gives readers an opportunity to ask Viet Nam News questions. We publish selected responses the following week. Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by the editor. Next Week: Do crime warning leaflets make you feel safer? HCM City's Police on Wednesday stopped handing out leaflets to tourists warning them to watch out for robberies, rip-offs and taxi scams. The suspension came just one week after the leaflet, Travel safety: Prevention is better than cure, written in both English and Vietnamese, was distributed to tourists for the first time. As the police explained, the handouts were condemned by many for making tourists, especially foreigners, afraid of the city. Just last month, the New York based Travel and Leisure magazine listed Viet Nam as one of 10 countries to be "Best Countries for Solo Travellers". The magazine said that best countries meant safest and friendliest countries, … [Read more...] about Would they help improve your travel experience?
You Asked, published on Tuesdays, gives readers an opportunity to ask Viet Nam News questions. We publish selected responses the following week. Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on topics or issues raised by the editor. Next Week: Will a new ban on sleeper buses travelling on steep and winding routes actually save people's lives? What other measures can you think of? Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has banned sleeper buses travelling on dangerous routes in mountainous areas throughout Viet Nam. The ban was issued after a bus plunged into a 200-metre ravine on Monday night, killing at least 12 people. The accident occurred on the way from Sa Pa Town to Lao Cai City in northern mountainous Lao Cai Province. The minister said sleeper buses were not designed for travelling on steep routes. The cause of the accident is under investigation, but it is believed the buses are tall and can easily lose their centre of gravity on difficult … [Read more...] about New ban on sleeper buses travelling on steep and winding routes
You Asked (10-02-2009) Dear Viet Nam News I refer to your newspaper wherein you ask us to voice our opinion on various topics. My topic is taxi fares. There are so many taxi companies driving around Ha Noi, and the majority of them have different rates. For example, you can take a taxi for a distance of 2km, and be charged up to 30 or 40 per cent more, than say Mai Linh Company. This is fleecing tourists. When is the Government going to get up and fix a rate that all taxis have to follow, like other countries, say Singapore, Hongkong or India? It is frustrating having to argue with a driver that you paid X amount the last time you took this route and must now suddenly pay 30 per cent more. Your reply will be highly appreciated, as I will be leaving for Hongkong but have been coming to Ha Noi every six weeks for the last 10 years. Thank you Rattan Mangharam Dear Mangharam, According to Ha Noi Taxi Association, there are 104 taxi companies operating in the capital city. The association … [Read more...] about You Asked (10-02-2009)
You Asked (03-02-2009) Dear Viet Nam News, I am a Vietnamese-American living in America and wonder if the Government has any programmes to help Vietnamese people that have lived and been educated abroad to bring in new ideas and ways of thinking to help further develop Viet Nam. Or, if there are no Government programmes, what is the best way to obtain a job in Viet Nam. I went to the University of Texas at Austin from 1993-1996 where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. Then from 1997-2000 I went to Southern California University of Health Science where I earned a Doctorate in Chiropractic. With my background I feel that there are several fields of interest to me, such as education or general health care. I really believe that education is a very important key in the progression of a nation. I believe that I could make a contribution to Viet Nam in this field if I was given an opportunity. Thank You Tom Trieu Dear Trieu, The Vietnamese Government always encourages Vietnamese living … [Read more...] about You Asked (03-02-2009)