A doctor examines a baby A 2-year-old baby temporarily residing in Ward 25 in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District was taken by her mother to Children's Hospital 2 on July 3 when the baby was experiencing fever and rash in the mouth. Three days before, her mother thought she had a sore throat, so she did not take her to the hospital, but only treated her at home. However, the baby’s illness has shown no signs of abating but had a high fever, fatigue, lethargy, sore hands and feet, lots of pimples in the mouth, unable to eat, the mother rushed to take her child to the hospital where doctors diagnosed the toddler as having severe hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Dr. Nguyen Dinh Qui, in charge of managing the Infection Department, Children's Hospital 2, said that from May 1 to the end of July 3, the hospital recorded 6,635 cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease, in the period from May 1 to July 3 and about 40 percent of them are city children, the rest are scattered in neighboring … [Read more...] about Substantial rise in HFMD amongst children
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Every year, when the fifth lunar month comes to end, Nguyen Thi Kim Lan from the Mekong Delta city of Cao Lanh busily prepares banh it (sticky rice dumplings) for her father-in-law’s death anniversary. Making banh it to offer to deceased ancestors has been a tradition across generations in Lan’s family. The dumpling , which can be sweet or savory, is a popular offering on remembrance days across Vietnam. Nguyen Thi Kim Lan and her husband, Nguyen Van Phung, serve 'banh it' as an offering during her father-in-law’s death anniversary at their house in My Ngai Commune, Cao Lanh City, Dong Thap Province, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News 'Banh it' is served as an offering during death anniversarys at Nguyen Thi Kim Lan’s family at My Ngai Communes, Cao Lanh City, Dong Thap Province, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News Each piece is made of glutinous rice flour stuffed with mung beans or coconut fillings and then wrapped in … [Read more...] about How to make ‘banh it,’ a traditional offering at death anniversaries in Vietnam?
The vaccination is expected to be carried out in Vietnam from July to the end of this year. The made-in-Vietnam African swine fever vaccine will be likely used on a large scale by the end of 2022, according to Nguyen Van Long, acting director of the Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Long said that the vaccine was branded NAVET-ASFVAC and is produced by NAVETCO National Veterinary Joint Stock Company. Over 50 farms in ten provinces and cities nationwide have been selected to administer 600,000 doses of vaccine against African swine fever. It is expected that vaccination will be carried out from July to the end of the year, Long noted, adding that there will be an assessment for the vaccine application and a decision on widespread use will be considered. Tran Xuan Hanh, deputy director of NAVETCO said that following five lab trials, the vaccine has proved to be able to protect at least 80% of immunized pigs, which retain … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s African swine fever vaccine to be widely used by late 2022