Last week Việt Nam News asked readers if Việt Nam should only allow advertisers to promote formula for infants under one-year-old, rather than maintain its current four-year policy of allowing such advertising for toddlers up to two years old. Here are some comments we received: Andrew Burden, Canadian, Hà Nội Nothing's better for a newborn and mother than breastfeeding. This life- and intelligence-giving activity should be exclusive for six months. Only then should solid food be introduced. No one - no government, no corporation and certainly no non-governmental agency such as UNICEF - should be messing around with this. Mother Nature knows and produces best. Breast-fed kids grow up healthier and smarter. Problems such as not producing enough milk and the inexperience of mothers can be successfully addressed. Society really should not drop the ball (or teat) on this important human development topic. It is well known that companies provide free samples of formula at hospitals … [Read more...] about Should formula only be promoted for babies?
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HCM City supports 100% of health insurance cost for close-poverty people The residual fund balance of state-owned HCMC Social Insurance will be used to support the poor and those in close to poverty line, said the insurance company during a meeting on how to use the abundant fund of the insurance company for the poor. The meeting was presided over by Deputy Chairwoman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Nguyen Thi Thu and representatives from departments of Labor, Invalids and Social Affair, Health, Finance after Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper published an article entitled: "Insurance fund balance is residual while poor people have no insurance card". Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Social Insurance Agency Cao Van Sang said the surplus in insurance fund in 2015 was VND1,141 billion (US$51 million). As per the regulation of allocation and using the fund, the city is allowed to use 20 percent of the fund balance of the insurance company or VND228 billion (US$10,225,128). The Department … [Read more...] about Social News 8/9
Heat wave continues in northern, central regions The temperature between 11am and 6pm today will stay above 35 degrees Celsius. The day temperature in Hà Nội can reach a high of 36 to 37 degrees Celsius or even higher in some areas. The centre said the heat wave would continue in the central region for the next two to three days, while the temperatures in the north would fall from tomorrow. Vietnam participates in ASEF Editors' Roundtable in Mongolia Editors from Asian and European media outlets discussed the roles and responsibility of journalists when reporting during the 8th ASEF Editors' Roundtable, held recently in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The 8th ASEF Editors' Roundtable, themed "Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity", was organised in conjunction with the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM11) on July 7-9. About 20 senior commentators from esteemed media houses including Wenhui Daily (China), Frontline Magazine (India), The Jakarta Post (Indonesia), The Independent (Ireland), the … [Read more...] about Social News 11/7
No control on vaccine prices in HCMC Recent deaths and hospitalization of infants after vaccination has increased worry and fear among parents who now are resorting to willing pay more for better quality vaccines than use those provided free in the Government Expanded Program on Immunization. However, price of vaccines varies from one medical center to another. Cost of one shot of five-in-one vaccine can be as high as VND600,000-700,000 (US$28-33), and the price of the same vaccine may vary from clinic to clinic. This cost difference of similar vaccines in the City is causing great concern among parents. Mrs. Hoang Thi Phuong from Phu Nhuan District said she paid VND650,000 for five-in-one Pentaxim vaccine at Pasteur Institute while her neighbor paid VND622,000 for the same vaccine at the Nutrition Center. Parents have voiced their concern over the unreasonable difference in price of the same vaccine at different medical clinics. For instance, Hepatitis B EUVAX-B vaccine for children … [Read more...] about No control on vaccine prices
Man wins prize for mobile health clinics Hoang Cong Hoa from the central region received a prize worth VND50 million (US$2,380) in a contest titled Innovation that matters to you. Hoa proposed connecting healthcare departments, relevant agencies and sponsors to develop mobile services for health check-ups in remote and rural areas. The contest has already been launched in the Asia Pacific region by Philips, the lighting company. Creative ideas from the community were voted on by readers of www.meaningfulinnovation.asia. International NGOs support Vietnam's landmine clearance projects Thirty-three international NGOs are helping Vietnam overcome its war consequences. Participants in the third international conference on cooperation between Vietnam and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Hanoi on November 28-29, said that about 6.5 million ha on land in Vietnam are still contaminated with unexploded ordnance (UXO) /landmines. The country needs VND185,000 to clean … [Read more...] about Social Headlines for November 30