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City steps up preventive measures after new COVID-19 cases detected

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Patients at a hospital in HCM City have their body temperature measured. — VNA/ Photo Đinh Hằng

HCM CITY— The HCM City People’s Committee will allow districts 6, Tân Bình and Bình Tân to mandate social distancing if they think it is necessary after a few new cases of Covid-19 were found there.

Speaking at an online meeting held on December 1, Nguyễn Thành Phong, the committee’s chairman, ordered authorities in districts 1, 3, 6, 10, Bình Tân, Tân Bình, and Tân Phú to carefully check businesses and service establishments visited by the COVID-19 patients.

He called for continued implementation of preventive measures the city issued in May.

The city has tested 737 others for COVID-19 since December 1, and all have turned up negative.

The city is taking a number of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus like spraying chemicals and testing and quarantining people who had been in close contact with the patients and isolating the patients’ neighbourhoods.

Phong also instructed relevant agencies to penalise the Vietnam Airlines flight attendant who tested positive on Sunday for violating home quarantine regulations and spread the disease to other people.

Nguyễn Trí Dũng, director of the city Disease Control and Prevention Centre, said people who are quarantined at home have to sign a commitment, and local authorities would monitor their health.  

The city Department of Education and Training is waiting for the test results of many students who had come into contact with the English teacher who lives in Ward 3, District 6, and contracted the virus from his friend the flight attendant.

The department has instructed schools across the city to tell their students to take preventive measures such as wearing masks and washing hands.

It has ordered Key English centre at 285/24 Cách Mạng Tháng Tám in District 10, where the patient taught, and its branches through the city to remain closed from November 11 to December 14.

Other English centres should teach online, according to the department.

Many universities have students to learn with the COVID-19 teacher. They are brought to the city’s quarantine areas.

Four primary schools in District 6 were closed after four teachers came into contact either directly or indirectly with the teacher.

The Department of Transport has called for preventive measures such as wearing masks at bus stations and public transport vehicles, and ordered violators to be fined.

Communications about preventive measures will be strengthened at bus and train stations.

The Department of Health has instructed hospitals to strengthen COVID-19 prevention measures. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/817808/city-steps-up-preventive-measures-after-new-covid-19-cases-detected.html

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Longan-shaped snack making village busy ahead Tet festival

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As the Lunar New Year is approaching, Hoi Xuan village in Quan Hoa mountainous district in Thanh Hoa province, where is famous for making longan-shape snack, has been busier than ever.

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The 2021 Lunar New Year is nearing. During this time, Nguyen Thi Thu Huong in Hoi Xuan town, Quan Hoa district, Thanh Hoa province, has been busy producing longan-shaped snack, one of many Vietnamese people’s favourite during festivals. It is made from sticky rice powder and chicken eggs, then moulded into small spheres with the size of longans and fried in hot oil.

After retirement, Nguyen Thi Oanh produces longan-shaped snack to earn more money. She said this year, she has produced twice as much as she did in previous years.

According to statistics from Quan Hoa district People’s Committee, around 70 to 100 households make longan-shaped snack in the district. Each household earn around 6 million VND a month. Quan Hoa district has established a cooperative for producing the snack in Hoi Xuan town to preserve and develop the traditional snack making village towards more professionalism.

During this time, Quan Hoa district has directed its agencies to intensify market surveillance to ensure food hygiene at longan-shaped snack making facilities./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/longan-shaped-snack-making-village-busy-ahead-tet-festival-706561.html

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Health ministry, VMA sign partnership agreement on breast cancer treatment in VN

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Delegates sign an MoU on implementation of a project on improving access to therapies for high-risk breast cancer patients in Việt Nam during 2020–25 on Tuesday. — /Photo Thanh Hải

HÀ NỘI —  The Ministry of Health and Vietnam Medical Association will work together on improving access to innovative therapies for high-risk breast cancer patients in Việt Nam during 2020-25 as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed on Tuesday.

The project aims to increase the rate of early breast cancer detection among women and improve access to advanced therapies for high-risk breast cancer patients.

Deputy Minister of Health Trần Văn Thuấn said that five to 10 years ago, over 70 per cent of breast cancer patients visited hospitals and got treated at a late stage. In recent years, thanks to the communication campaigns, especially the national project on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases including cancer, the rate of cancer patients getting medical examination and treatment in the early stages has increased.

“The implementation of the project on improving access to innovative therapies for high-risk breast cancer patients in the 2020-25 period” will contribute to the overall goal of the National Strategy on prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, including cancer. As this project is implemented nationwide with cooperation between all levels of health departments and agencies, it is expected to bring positive and sustainable changes, leading to the improvement of Việt Nam’s capability to respond to cancer,” said Huấn.

“This is the first project in Việt Nam dedicated to breast cancer with unprecedented scale and number of partners, all in hope of helping cancer patients. The more healthcare professionals receive training to improve their capabilities of treating cancer, the more the workload will be reduced for each doctor and improve the quality of treatment for patients,” President of Vietnam Medical Association Nguyễn Thị Xuyên said.

To achieve this goal, the Ministry of Health and Vietnam Medical Association will cooperate on increasing early detection of breast cancer through raising public awareness, screening for breast cancer, developing policy and professional guidance on breast cancer screening. The two sides will also strengthen capabilities of medical systems for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, develop a real-world data system on breast cancer and optimise current data and conduct general research on cost-effectiveness policy on breast cancer screening status, survey drug use in treatment of high risk breast cancer patients.

“Roche is committed to working with Việt Nam to address healthcare challenges through a variety of activities. RocheVietnam is honoured to accompany the Vietnam Medical Association and Ministry of Health in a very meaningful project, bringing new hope to breast cancer patients in Việt Nam,” said Girish Mulye, Chief Representative of Roche Vietnam.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in both developed and developing countries. Breast cancer incidence is on the rise in developing countries due to longer life expectancy, rapid urbanisation and changes in lifestyle.

According to the Global Cancer Observatory (Globocan2020), in Việt Nam, breast cancer ranks first among all types of women’s cancer, the number of new cases is 21,555 people, accounting for 25.8 per cent of cancer incidents in both genders, taking third place (after liver and lung cancer). The average age of breast cancer incidence in women is 34.2 per 100,000 people. In both genders, breast cancer mortality rate ranks fourth (with 9,345 cases) after liver cancer, lung cancer and stomach cancer. The age-standardised mortality rate of breast cancer is 13.8 per 100,000 people. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/858777/health-ministry-vma-sign-partnership-agreement-on-breast-cancer-treatment-in-vn.html

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Rescue operation underway for seven fishermen missing near Con Dao

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A file photo of the rescue vessels. A rescue team is searching for seven fishermen who went missing after their boat sank in the waters off Con Dao Island on January 18 – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – A search and rescue operation is being conducted to look for seven fishermen who went missing after their boat sank in the waters off Con Dao Island in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on January 18.

Fishing boat BT 93998 TS from the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre with 13 people on board sank after being hit by high waves. At the time of the incident, the boat was on the way to the mainland and was some 50 nautical miles off the island, said the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center Region 3 on January 19.

Six fishermen were rescued by fishing boats in the area. Rescue forces are searching for the seven others.

However, the rescue efforts were challenging due to high waves measuring 5-6 meters and strong winds gusting at level 9.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/80254/rescue-operation-underway-for-seven-fishermen-missing-near-con-dao.html

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