What The Papers Say Apr - May 2019

(No.2, Vol.9,Apr-May 2019 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)

Hanoi chokes on polluted air
Vietnam News March 27
Air quality in Hà Nội today was poor, with the somber sky covered in a fog-like sheen. The city’s air quality index was recorded at between 138 and 185 in the morning. Anything above 150 is considered unhealthy for everyone.
According to environmental experts, the problem was exacerbated by current air temperature conditions. Normally, higher layers of air in the atmosphere have a lower temperature, but on some winter days, higher layers have higher temperatures.
This phenomenon created a misty and oppressive atmosphere. The conditions were expected to last for two or three more days. It is undeniable that the phenomenon was part of the spreading air pollution in the capital city.

Con Dao declared one of best islands in the world
Vietnam News April 5
Con Dao Island has been included on a Vogue magazin’s list of the nine best paradise islands in the world to escape to this year.
Con Dao is an archipelago of 16 islands, each one more beautiful than the last. Preserving the pure nature of the islands, there are only a few hotels. Another asset that this archipelago offers is its national park with an intact ecosystem.
Con Dao has pristine beauty, mostly unspoiled beaches, forests and turquoise waters, and a strictly protected national park. Between March and September is the best time to visit the island, as it has little rain and the sea is calmer.

VN on the way to end TB by 2030
Vietnam News March 25
Around 12,000 people die from tuberculosis each year in Vietnam - that’s one and half times higher than those killed in traffic accidents over the same period.
According to the National Lung Hospital, Vietnam is in the world’s top 30 countries with high TB rates. The country ranks 16th in the number of TB patients and 13th in the rankings of drug-resistant TB patients. Seventy per cent are of working age of between 15 and 55.
The country has been working hard to take practical measures to reduce fatalities and prevent TB in the community. It hopes to end the disease by 2030.

Vietnam in urgent need of legislation to prevent child sex abuse
Vietnam News March 25
Vietnam still lacks mechanisms to prevent the abuse of children in various forms and to support child victims.
The Vietnam Association for Protection of Children’s Rights noted that families need to make children aware of their rights.They must also prevent and handle violence and sexual abuse of children.
The association recommended providing books on children’s rights and measures to protect children to school libraries and tightening supervision at a grassroots level. It also urged building child-friendly procedures to encourage families and children to report incidents to authorities.

Saigon more expensive to live in than Hanoi
VNExpress English April 4
According to the Spatial Cost of Living Index compiled by the General Statistics Office, Saigon was approximately 1.5 percent more expensive to live in than Hanoi in 2018.
Following Saigon and Hanoi is the central city of Danang, which is about 2.2 percent cheaper to live in than the capital city. The Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang in the south is the cheapest place to live in Vietnam, with its cost of living 9.5 percent cheaper than that Hanoi.
A noticeable jump in position was observed in the central province of Thua Thien Hue, home to the former citadel city of Hue. It was ranked the 4th most expensive place to live in 2018, up from 13th rank in 2017.

HCMC becoming drug transit hub
VNExpress English March 30
HCMC is growing into a transit point for drugs thanks to its logistics infrastructure, according to local police.
In all cases the drugs originate from the Golden Triangle, and in two cases they were on the way from HCMC to Taiwan and the Philippines.
On March 20, a raid by hundreds of police officers and border guards netted a pickup truck with around 300 kilograms (661 pounds) of meth.

HCM City to launch first human milk bank
Tuoi Tre News April 2
The Neonatal Department at Tu Du Maternity Hospital in HCM City is set to launch the city’s first international standard human milk bank next week as a solution to a shortage of biological milk for premature newborns.
The human milk bank is a service for those who wish to share their breast milk with others donating the milk for vulnerable infants, orphans or nursing mothers.
On average, Tu Du Maternity Hospital delivers and provides medical treatment for about 6,000-7,000 babies born with low birth weight every year, but only 30 percent of the newborns with illnesses can be breastfed by their mothers.


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