Vietnam sees need for more staff in health care

With an aim of increasing equality in the health care services in Asian countries by renewing personnel training, speeches delivered at the conference focused on analysing national plans on human resource development and orientations for the renovation. The participants also took the occasion to share their countries’ experience in this field.

Project offers treatment and care for drug users

The project’s objectives include increasing beneficiaries’ access to drug detoxification services, and restoring health for drug users, thus reducing drug addiction’s effects on community’s health, including HIV transmission. It also aims to raise local authorities’ capacity on building and developing drug treatment networks and a healthy community, as well as duplicate the project’s model to turn it into a nationwide social service network to reduce drug demand.

Hospital for HIV/AIDS patients opens in Hanoi

The hospital, officially known as Hospital 09, consists of 10 specialised wards and four functioning rooms, providing up to 200 patient beds. It provides check-up and treatment for HIV carriers together with care for AIDS patients in Hanoi .

Italy to help Vietnam train medical doctors

The deal, the outcome of a visit to the Tuscany region from January 14-22 by a delegation from the Vietnamese hospital led by its director Nguyen Thanh Liem, will bring Vietnamese paediatricians to Tuscany Children’s Hospital, of Italian leaders in this field, for a refresher course in three months.

Medicinal wine can create health risks

"Drinking these wines are in theory like taking medicine, so people really should seek out expert advice in order to avoid unexpected consequences," said Tran Van Quang, a herbalist of Viet Nam Oriental Medicine Association. However few heed this kind of warnings.

Measures taken to ensure food safety

A survey into six wards in central Thanh Hoa City this year revealed that 33 per cent of food sold on the street was contaminated with bacteria. As many as 33.3 per cent of meat and meat products were found to be contaminated with bacteria; with 23.3 per cent infected with E.coli.  Another survey conducted in Minh Khai handicraft village in Hoai Duc District in Ha Noi this year by the Food Technology Centre, revealed that 15 per cent of food processing enterprises were too closely located to pigsties. Food was left to dry outside, and half of the households used sodium hydrogen sulphate which could cause gastritis.

Is stress hurting IP productivity?

Mai Duc Chinh, vice president of Vietnam General Confederation of Labour, said stress could be an issue for industrial park workers nationwide. “I think not only workers in Ho Chi Minh City but also workers at industrial parks in other provinces are feeling stress because they are working under the same conditions,” said Chinh.

Ministry issues new alert on food safety

"Consumer demand increases ten-fold during the new year, especially over the traditional holiday period," said deputy head of the ministry's Viet Nam Food Administration Nguyen Thanh Phong at a press conference in Ha Noi yesterday. "To ensure food safety and hygiene during the festive season, we will boost awareness activities targeting food producers, traders and consumers," he said.

Children's hospitals struggle with recent surge in patients

Environmental pollution as well as unsafe and unhygienic food have increased considerably the risk of diarrhoea in children, according to doctors. In the first nine days of December, the city had three siblings with acute diarrhoea who contracted cholera, and the eldest one, four years old, died of the disease.

Hazardous dye found in sauce

The Health Ministry's National Institute for Food Control detected traces of the dye in samples taken at the plant last month. Environmental police, inspectors from the city's Natural Resources and Environment Department and Hoan Kiem District police raided the company after receiving complains by residents in the district's Cua Dong Ward about pollution from the company.

Outlook examines healthcare

This month's issue of Outlook examines the successes of healthcare reform across the country. We report on expansion of healthcare services in rural provinces such as Cao Bang, where provincial hospital facilities have improved dramatically. Back in the cities, we find that students have also benefited thanks to the reform of health cover in schools.

Initiative aims to reduce blindness

"We have to control the main causes of blindness like cataracts, refractive error and glaucoma by providing surgery for at least 170,000 to 300,000 cataract cases each year and eliminating trachoma by 2013," said Director of the Viet Nam National Institute of Ophthalmology (VNIO) Do Nhu Hon at the National Conference on Blindness Prevention 2010 on Saturday.

VN plans to put end to TB within 20 years

According to statistics from the Ministry of Health, Viet Nam still ranks 12th among 22 TB high burden countries and ranks 14th among 27 countries with a high burden of MDR-TB. The NTP estimated that Viet Nam has about 200,000 TB cases of all forms, of which nearly 100,000 are new cases. The number of TB cases detected and treated consistently remains under 60 per cent of new cases annually. MDR-TB is about 20 per cent of previously treated TB patients.

Health costs expected to get even higher

Speaking at the conference held by the Ministry of Health, Nguyen Thi Kim Phuong, from the Viet Nam-based WHO, said that the study, under the co-operation of WHO and Ha Noi Medical University, showed that costs were increasing year by year. About 598,000 households fell into poverty after having treatment at hospitals in 2004, 694,000 in 2006 and 774,000 in 2008.

Herbalists decry bear bile use

The survey carried out by the Animals Asia Foundation of 152 traditional medicine practitioners in Vietnam revealed that 93 percent of Vietnam's traditional medicine practitioners were opposed to bear bile farming and 76 percent had never prescribed bear bile.

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