A woman in Vietnam’s Central Highlands has died after catching influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, prompting local authorities to put more than 40 people in quarantine to prevent an outbreak. The patient was identified as Nguyen Thi Thom, 37, a resident in Kon Tum Province, online newspaper VnExpress quoted Nguyen Loc Vuong, director of the provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as saying on Monday. Thom had had symptoms including a mild fever, fatigue, and eating disoders for about half a month before she was admitted to the Kon Tum Province General Hospital on November 3. The patient tested positive for influenza A (H1N1). She passed away at the infirmary five days later on November 8. Competent authorities have taken measures to prevent a potential outbreak, including quarantining a total of 44 people who had recently been in contact with the patient and are at risk of being exposed to the flu. They were also given antiviral drugs. One of them has … [Read more...] about Dozens quarantined after woman dies of swine flu in Vietnam
First nine months
Urban waste is collected in Hanoi. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The Hanoi People’s Committee has asked all of its organisations and agencies to refrain from using plastic bags and single-use plastics starting from this month. Luu Thi Thanh Chi, deputy head of the Hanoi Environment Protection Division, told reporters at a recent press conference that the municipal People’s Committee has approved a plan to reduce plastic waste in the capital. It was the latest effort by authorities to combat "white pollution" in the city that sees about 80 tonnes of plastic and nylon bags discarded every day, not all of which can be properly collected or treated. According to Chi, the Hanoi People’s Committee demanded that 100 percent of the city organisations stop using polyethylene (PE) plastic bags – the most common type but takes the longest time to decompose – and single-use plastics products from November. The committee also set the goal of reducing … [Read more...] about Hanoi’s agencies requested to stop using single-use plastics
As October ends, the leopard trees get into their act along the Tay Ho (West Lake) and the vast Bau Can tea estate in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai. The tree, said to be native to Brazilian rainforests, is scientifically known as Libidibia ferrea or Caesalpinia ferrea. The freshwater lake and the tea plantation are about 25 km south of the center of Pleiku Town, capital of Gia Lai. The lake covers an area of nearly 100 hectares in Tay Ho Village, Bau Can Commune, Chu Prong District. It irrigates the tea plantation. The Bau Can tea plantation dotted with the leopard trees in bloom. Grown on an area of more than 400 hectares, the plantation has an annual output of 2,000 tons of tea buds each year. A path runs through the tea plantation. A worker said the leopard trees were planted to act as a windshield for the tea plants. When the tree sheds its leaves, they become a natural fertilizer too. Plantation workers pluck tea leaves early in the morning, in … [Read more...] about In the highlands, the leopard tree shows its spots again
She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
The monthly base wages of civil servants and public employees, including teachers and doctors, will be increased from VND1.49 ($64) to VND1.6 million ($69), from July 1 2020. This will be the highest wage hike in the past eight years. Public sector employees have complained for years that their earnings are too low. Local economists said at a recent conference that low wages have and will continue to foster corruption in the public sector. Data from the General Statistics Office shows that at the end of 2017 there were more than 5.2 million people working in the public sector. The size of Vietnam’s public sector compared to the population is among the biggest in Southeast Asia, according to the World Bank. In 2017, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered government offices to reduce staff numbers by between 1.5-2 percent every year over the next five years. Vietnam's per capita income last year was $2,587. … [Read more...] about Vietnam to give civil servants a 7.3 percent wage raise next year