By Phan Thao – Translated by Kim Khanh
Academic performance of students
Particularly, the hospital’s personnel successfully performed a simulated emergency situation, stressed Yasmin Zulfiqar Bhatti, Head of Force Medical Officer (FMO) and head of the assessment mission.
According to the simulated situation, the hospital received and treated troops injured in a fight outside the hospital. Thanks to good preparations, the hospital’s personnel worked together to deal with the simulated situation.
After checking the Vietnamese field hospital’s procedures for patient reception, examination and treatment and reading patients’ letters of assessment of Vietnamese medical workers, the mission complimented the hospital’s professional working style and its personnel’s professional competence.
Head of the mission Ms. Bhatti also reminded the hospital’s personnel to strictly observe the COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control regulations to avoid virus infection.
At the meeting with the hospital’s representatives, the UNMISS’s mission was also briefed on the hospital’s task performance over the past time.
Particularly, since it was deployed to South Sudan two months ago, the hospital has successfully conducted two acute appendicitis operations.
Recently, a surgical team of the Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 3 used an anesthetic technique of transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block to successfully conduct an acute appendicitis surgery.
Expressing her admiration for Vietnamese medical workers, Ms. Bhatti voiced her strong belief that with professional competence, personnel of the Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 3 of Vietnam will successfully fulfil their assigned missions, contributing to ensuring good health for peacekeepers in the country.
She also pledged to create favorable conditions and provide support for the hospital to develop it as a reliable medical establishment in the locality.
Translated by Tran Hoai
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the life of performing artists in Việt Nam even harder. Many have had to take up extra jobs to earn a living like selling food online, shipping goods or selling insurance. They are in urgent need of State support to be able to stay in their profession.
By Minh Thu & Lương Hương
Hastily wiping the sweat dripping from her forehead, Nguyễn Thùy Dương put boxes of fried spring rolls into bags so that her husband, Hoàng Đức Thắng, could deliver them to customers for dinner.
Looking at the couple engrossed in loading their motorbike with boxes of fried spring rolls, you wouldn’t think they are top artists of the Việt Nam Circus Federation and used to shine on world stages with their silk swinging performances.
Before the ongoing fourth wave of COVID-19 infections in Việt Nam that started at the end of April, they spent a lot of time training for their busiest time of the year – summer.
The closure of their workplace, Hà Nội Central Circus, following national measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 immediately hit their monthly income. The young couple has had to take up an extra job to make ends meet.
According to the urgent dispatch of the Hà Nội authority on April 27, all cultural and art programmes had to be postponed to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
A series of performances by theatres were stopped, even though the artists had prepared to entertain audiences during the national holidays of April 30 and May 1.
The Việt Nam Circus Federation had to cancel its Circus Gala that gathers artists from provinces and cities nationwide.
Tống Toàn Thắng, deputy director of the federation, said that he and all other circus artists felt great sadness.
“We overcame a very difficult period in 2020. This year, our artists have been very excited to practise for many new projects such as the performance that combines cải lương (reformed opera) and circus Thượng Thiên Thánh Mẫu , the yearly Circus Gala, the Đi Cùng Năm Tháng show that aims to pay tribute to the heroes and martyrs in July and especially, the special performances to entertain the children this summer holiday.
“But when the pandemic suddenly broke out again, all plans had to stop. We felt like we were trying to get up but then were knocked down again,” he said.
“I felt so sad and wanted to cry when the pandemic broke out again and I believe that circus artists and performing artists, in general, also felt the same way,” Thắng said.
He said the sadness came from the artists’ regret of being unable to demonstrate their creativity and training over the past year as well as income worries, particularly for those with small children.
The federation authority has encouraged them to continue training to stay in shape, as their skills could fade after just a fortnight without training.
The federation has supported artists by providing free lunches for those with rehearsal schedules.
This idea was also implemented by the Hà Nội Drama Theatre during the pandemic in 2020. Nguyễn Trung Hiếu, director of the theatre, said he greatly sympathised with the artists.
“Currently, the theatre includes mainly 30 artists, in addition to young ones and those with contemporary contracts. Our artists’ income largely depends on shows so the cancellation of shows means an immediate drop in their income,” he said.
Dương and Thắng still train hard every day with other members of the federation. In addition, Dương makes food to sell online to earn extra money to raise their two small children, aged 2 and 11.
“If the pandemic hadn’t broken out, our income would be sufficient to cover our daily needs. However, our salary has been lowered at this time of the year, so we have no other choice but to find a part-time job, though we know that it is only a temporary solution and could not improve our family’s situation,” Dương said.
She makes spring rolls and other dishes to sell online while her husband is in charge of delivery.
“Thắng is a hard-working husband who frequently helped me with the housework even before the pandemic. When we receive many orders, he rolls up his sleeves and goes to the kitchen to fry spring rolls for me,” she added.
Being in the same profession means they can understand each other’s struggles well.
Another couple of the circus federation are Dương Quyên and Lê Minh Sinh who are renowned for their double string performance.
Since the closure of their shows, the couple started to sell chickens and fresh vegetables that their parents sent from the countryside. Quyên also runs yoga classes for women online.
“We trained day and night, spending a lot of time preparing for upcoming shows but then we didn’t have the chance to perform. We have been overwhelmed with disappointment and also worries about our income,” Quyên said.
She added that all circus artists have been struggling to make ends meet as they understand the federation is also encountering difficulties without income and is therefore unable to subsidise all artists.
“However, the leadership of the federation has been very concerned about our lives. We have been provided with free lunch on the days we train while young performers with financial difficulties will be allowed to live in the dormitory of the federation.”
Quyên said circus artists have a difficult and short career, but passion for the art inspires them to keep going.
“Taking up a part-time job is just a temporary solution. We always want to present special performances to the audience and make money from our creativity,” she said.
In 2020, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism supported 12 theatres to set up plays and organise performances to attract audiences back to the stage.
This year, the artists hope for similar support from the state management body.
They have also proposed more long-term solutions for performing arts in Việt Nam, such as a support package, tax exemption and reduction for performing businesses and a scheme to develop online theatres.
According to artist Phạm Ngọc Tuấn, director of Việt Nam Tuồng Theatre, the mechanism could not be changed immediately so it is important to find a timely solution.
“The economy this year is much tougher than last year. After the pandemic, people’s lives are also difficult because all industries have been affected. I’m afraid they will not be able to spend money on visiting theatres. We hope the Ministry of Culture and Sports and Tourism helps to remove difficulties in terms of human resources of performing arts,” he said.
Agreeing with Tuấn, artist Nguyễn Xuân Bắc, director of the Việt Nam Drama Theatre, said theatre managers should pay more attention to artists’ lives.
As a solution to deal with closures due to the pandemic, many theatres have concentrated on online performances.
The Việt Nam Drama Theatre, for example, has focused on developing YouTube and TikTok channels to broadcast entertainment programmes and reveal behind-the-scenes stories.
The Việt Nam Chèo Theatre is expected to premiere famous plays on social networking platforms while the Puppet Theatre and the Circus Federation plan to work with television stations to record performances and broadcast them on TV.
Trần Hướng Dương, deputy director of the Performing Arts Department under the Ministry of Culture, said the ministry is working to find specific solutions before holding meetings with theatres.
“I deeply understand the concerns of artists. Not only us but all of society is suffering from a difficult time. Through their work, artists can bring spiritual strength to the masses and therefore they need timely encouragement to continue to pursue their jobs,” he said. VNS
Recently, a surgeon team of the L2FH Rotation 3, including Doctor Nguyen Tien Duy from the Department of Anesthesiology, Central Military Hospital 108, used an anesthetic technique of transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block to successfully conduct an acute appendicitis surgery on a peacekeeper.
The 37-year-old Mongolian male patient, a UN peacekeeping mission staff member, was diagnosed to have acute appendicitis and quickly moved to the hospital’s operating room.
As the patient’s heart is in the right chest, Vietnamese peacekeeper doctors of the hospital had to work hard before and during the operation. Thanks to their great professional expertise, the operation was a success and the patient was saved.
The surgical team included Doctor Nguyen Thanh Nam, Doctor Nguyen Van Tu and Doctor Ngo Quoc Hoan while the anesthesia team consisted of Doctor Nguyen Tien Duy and Doctor Nguyen Manh Hung.
The teams worked for over an hour to successfully complete the operation. At present, the patient is recovering.
This was the second time the L2FH Rotation 3 applied the TAP block to relieve postoperative pain.
Earlier, doctors of the hospital had also successfully performed a surgery for a patient with acute appendicitis using the TAP block method.
Due to the acute illness of the patient and the current rainy season in South Sudan making the road very difficult to travel, the L2FH Rotation 3 deployed a helicopter to quickly pick up the patient.
Translated by Minh Anh
|Vietnam win 2-1 victory over Malaysia, taking huge step to World Cup qualification’s third round|
Hanoi – Vietnam took a huge step towards making it to the third and final round of World Cup qualification for the first time in history with a tense 2-1 win over Malaysia on June 11 night.
The three points mean Vietnam need only a draw with the UAE on June 15 to advance.
With star midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai suspended, Vietnam’s performance at the Al Maktoum Stadium in the UAE was far less accomplished than in the 4-0 win over Indonesia, but coach Park proved once again he can set his team up to grind out a result.
Malaysia started the match faster and enjoyed the majority of possession but were unable to create any clear chances early on.
In contrast, Vietnam were more effective on their surges into the Malaysian half and enjoyed a lot of joy down the left-hand side, with Doan Van Hau finding himself in acres of space on several occasions.
Vietnam took an early lead when Nguyen Tien Linh, who opened the scoring in the 4-0 win over Indonesia on June 7 night, scored from a header in the 26th minute.
Luong Xuan Truong’s corner was headed up in the air by Malaysia’s captain Aidil Zafuan, allowing Hau to head it back across goal for Linh, who nodded home a quintessential poacher’s finish.
The goal seemed to give Malaysia a spark of life and they would have equalised in the 38th minute if it hadn’t been for a superb save from goalkeeper Bui Tan Truong.
The Vietnamese defence was split by a deep cross from Malaysia’s Matthew Davies which left Syafiq Ahmad with the goal at his mercy, but Truong reacted superbly to tip his header over from point-blank range.
Truong sprung into action again minutes later to deny Safawi Rasid’s direct free-kick and bring Vietnam into the break with their lead intact.
Malaysia only increased their dominance of the ball in the second half, however Vietnam should have doubled their lead against the run of play in the 64th minute, but Nguyen Trong Hoang put his shot wide after being played in by Nguyen Hoang Duc at the end of a mazy run.
Just five minutes later though, Vietnam were made to pay for spurning that opportunity.
Hau clattered into Guilherme de Paula in the box when the two competed for a header and left referee Ryuji Sato no choice but to point to the spot.
The naturalised striker dusted himself off and converted the penalty to equalise.
In a bid to regain control of a game that was slipping away from his side, coach Park shed his normally defensive instincts by bringing on forwards Ha Duc Chinh and Nguyen Van in what turned out to be a masterstroke.
In the 80th minute, Vu Van Thanh slid a pass towards Toan in the penalty area. Before the forward could collect the ball he tumbled to the floor after his heel was seemingly clipped by Malaysia’s Brendan Gan and was awarded a penalty.
Television replays were inconclusive but did suggest some degree of simulation by Toan, though in the absence of VAR, the penalty stood.
Captain Que Ngoc Hai, seemingly the coolest man in the stadium, stepped up and thumped the ball home to make the score 2-1.
Vietnam were able to hold on for the final minutes without allowing Malaysia to create a decent chance to ensure they came away with a famous win in front of the lucky few Vietnamese supporters in the stands.
The win keeps Vietnam on top of Group G with 17 points, two ahead of the UAE.
The two sides will meet for their final match of the second round of qualification on June 15 night with Vietnam knowing a draw would put them through to the next round.
As the election of deputies to the National Assembly and People’s Councils is approaching, people in Tu Van Village in Thuong Tin District on the outskirts of Hanoi are busy making national flags to meet orders from across the country.
A workshop in Tu Van Village is seen busy at making the national flags and banners in preparation for the upcoming general election. (Photo: VNA)
Located 30km south of Hanoi, the trade village is famed for its embroidery and weaving and has made millions of national flags over the last 75 years.
According to local elderly people, embroidery and weaving first prospered in the village in the 16th century. Many of the villagers even opened shops on Hang Bong and Hang Gai streets in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
The tailors need to be meticulous in their work to make sure each flag complies with regulatory requirements. (Photo: VNA)
Ahead of the General Uprising on August 19, 1945, local craftsmen were asked to make national flags, with this historic moment marking the establishment of the national flag-making craft in Tu Van Village.
With the development of the market economy, many households in Tu Van Village have switched from traditional embroidery to specialising in making flags, panels and banners.
Orders were sent to the village earlier this year in preparation for the upcoming national election, with nearly double the number of the previous year.
Therefore, all stages of making national flags from choosing fabrics, operating machines, printing, embroidering and sewing have been implemented urgently to meet high demand.
The five-pointed yellow star is embroidered manually.
“We all feel happy and proud when our products, the national flags, are hung solemnly in many institutes across the country, even though the work is hard and the income is not high,” said Nguyen Thu Phuong while rapidly but accurately embroidering the five-pointed yellow star on a national flag.
A complete national flag involves dozens of steps that do not require much skill, but the tailors need to be meticulous in their work to ensure each flag complies with regulatory requirements.
According to experienced tailors, the steps of printing, placing and embroidering the five-pointed star on the cloth are the most important. For them, the national flag represents the soul of the nation so the step is performed with high concentration by skilled tailors.
Whether the flag is tens of square metres large or as small as a palm hand, the five-pointed yellow star must be placed in a solemn position with the most harmonious proportion.
“We have to work with enthusiasm, maximum ability and technique to make the most beautiful flags,” said Nguyen Van Phuc whose family has been in the trade for three generations./. VNA