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Decisive solutions in IT application for COVID-19 fight

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Vietnam is taking a number of bold measures to control COVID-19, with IT application being an extremely important solution.

Nguyen Truong Nam, deputy head of the Ministry of Health’s Information Technology Department, talked about how these solutions support cities and provinces nationwide.

IT solutions are playing an important role in different industries. How does IT application support the healthcare sector?

Decisive solutions in IT application for COVID-19 fight

Nguyen Truong Nam, deputy head of the Ministry of Health’s Information Technology Department

In the past, when talking about IT, people often thought of computers, the Internet, and software systems. But now in the digital era, IT is much different. Application in the healthcare sector has been paid more due attention to and is applied more widely to serve diagnosis and treatment activities, thus better taking care of people.

For instance, at hospitals, IT application is now more advanced such as hospital management software, electronic health records, telehealth, and application of AI in diagnosis and treatment, among others.

In the future, more advanced IT solutions will be applied in the healthcare sector, supporting doctors in diagnosis and treatment, and people in getting better access to healthcare services.

How important is IT application to preventing the pandemic, especially in Vietnam?

Besides important measures like vaccines and principles such as wearing masks consistently and practicing hygiene, the country has been accelerating IT application in the COVID-19 battle.

For example, IT is being applied in the tracing of COVID-19 infections. If we use traditional methods like asking people about where they have been, with whom, and what they have done, it will take a lot of time and is less efficient. With the serious developments of the Delta variant, if we are slow in tracing, the situation would become worse to control.

But if we apply IT using databases from health declarations, QR codes for travel histories, and more, we find it easier to access the details required so that we keep track of the situation of close contacts and high-risk areas.

Taking samples is another area of work that has seen strong IT application which fast-tracks the work and increases its efficiency.

How has the Ministry of Health (MoH) supported cities and provinces in IT application in terms of the pandemic, especially in the Mekong Delta provinces of Dong Thap, An Giang, and Vinh Long where the MoH’s supporting teams are operating?

The MoH has issued a number of documents, giving guidelines for cities and provinces in strengthening IT application in the COVID-19 battle. The ministry also collaborates with the Ministry of Information and Communications in deploying IT measures and solutions in response to the new developments of the pandemic.

We support cities and provinces in applying IT in tracing and taking samples, community screening on a large scale, mass COVID-19 vaccination management, and analysis and reporting of the pandemic so that cities and provinces can make quick decisions. Dong Thap, Vinh Long, and An Giang now rank fifth, 14th, and 18th nationwide in terms of being most vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreaks. If we are slow in tracing and stamping them out, the situation will be worse, but thus far, IT application has produced positive results in the fight in these areas in particular.

Source: VIR

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Student start-up uses UVC light to kill viruses

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A group of students from Ly Tu Trong College (HCM City) came up with an idea to integrate UVC light in refrigeration units to eliminate viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2. 

Student start-up uses UVC light to kill viruses
Nguyen Duong Thanh, a member of the group installs UVC light into a cooling system. — Photo courtesy of Nguyen Duong Thanh

Final-year students Nguyen Duong Thanh, Nguyen Thi Kim Thoa, Le Hoang Huy, Le Van Nam, and Tran Thanh Mai started the project after seeing the reality during their internship.

“We were installing cooling appliances for supermarkets as part of our internship. During this time, we noticed that there were micro-organism clusters in the cooling systems,” Nguyen Duong Thanh said.

“We then tried to figure out how the cooling appliances could still function as usual while minimising the amount of bacteria and viruses on its surfaces. Integrating UVC light was the optimal option.”

Their work was praised for its practicality at Startup Kite 2021, a start-up idea contest for vocational school students. 

Based on the project, the group established a cleaning service company specialising in cooling appliances, prior to the contest.

“Establishing a company makes it easier to receive orders and install the device. It is also our opportunity to apply our idea into reality,” said Thanh.

What’s even more remarkable is that the integrated UVC light can eliminate SARS-CoV-2 on the surfaces of the cooling systems.

This practical feature has earned them their very first orders from Cho Ray Hospital, Hoan My Hospital and the People’s Hospital 115. 

“Disinfecting cooling systems with UVC light can help sanitise hospital rooms for patients who have just undergone surgery,” said Thanh. 

“It can also reduce electricity use and periodic maintenance costs.” 

The project has received VND1 billion (US$43,878) in funding (equivalent to an 8 per cent share) and is under negotiation for another VND1 billion of investment.

Entering Startup Kite 2021, the group hoped to get more investment to scale up their production.

According to Hoang Van Viet, deputy head of the Refrigeration Department of Ly Tu Trong College in HCM City, the major advantage of the idea is that UVC light can be integrated into all types of cooling devices, especially air conditioning systems in supermarkets, hospitals and factories.

The modest cost to install UVC light (about VND1.4 million) is also a plus point in real-life operation. 

Talking about future goals, Thanh said the company had already set out plans for the next three years.

HCM City and the surrounding provinces will be the centre of their focus in 2022.

In the following years, they will concentrate on product distribution and collaborating with partners and distributors to provide their services on a larger scale.

Source: Vietnam News

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/student-start-up-uses-uvc-light-to-kill-viruses-798744.html

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Mondelez Kinh Do achieves 95% progress on sustainable packaging goals

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Mondelez Kinh Do continues to make progress towards its ambitious commitments to reducing the environmental impact of packaging and tackling plastic waste.

At present, up to 95% of Mondelez Kinh Do’s total packaging, including both plastic and non-plastic, is recyclable and reusable.

The company also has plans on doing validation for lamination film (PP-based material) for its products with sustainability material, as well as packaging material reduction by 20% for any new product development or re-innovation project.

This important milestone contributes greatly to the company’s long-term ambition to leverage its scale to reduce the impact on the environment and its commitment to achieving 100% packaging recyclable and labeled with consumer information across its portfolio by 2025.

To realize its commitments, Mondelez Kinh Do has significantly stepped up its efforts to make sustainable packaging not only available but also apparent to consumers.

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PRO logo is applied on the packaging of Mondelez Kinh Do’s products as an affirmation of its eco-friendly packaging.

As a member of the Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO Vietnam), a leading initiative focused on driving the circular economy and making recycling more accessible and sustainable, Mondelez Kinh Do takes a leading position in on-pack communication for recycling with transparency.

Accordingly, the company applies PRO logo on the packaging of its products, including AFC, Cosy, Solite, LU, Oreo, Slide, and all products of Kinh Do Tet… as an affirmation of Mondelez Kinh Do’s eco-friendly packaging.

According to the “Plastics – A Growing Concern” report recently released by Ipsos, Vietnam plastic waste is amongst the highest in the world. More than 1.8 million tons of plastic are generated in the country annually, while only 27% of which is recycled.

This situation requires local enterprises to take proactive measures to minimize negative impacts on the environment and raise consumers’ awareness of reducing plastic waste and proper waste recycling.

“Reducing the environmental impact of packaging and tackling plastic waste are urgent priorities for us, which we take extremely seriously. This priority is in line with our long-term commitment to preserve the planet and meet consumers’ aspirations every day,” said Mr. Anand Jakati, Director of Supply Chain, Mondelez Kinh Do Vietnam.

“As a member of PRO Vietnam, Mondelez Kinh Do now can better partner and influence our external stakeholders to drive a circular economy for Vietnam. Mondelez Kinh Do team has taken the lead for working on the flexible packaging platform and bring technical know-how as well as the partnership with our peers in a non-competitive way to look for win-win solutions”, he added.

Earlier this month, the company made some bold steps forward in ambition to build a more sustainable snacking company. With the commitment to a 2050 target to Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions across the full value chain.

Mondelez Kinh Do will take an end to end approach and will prioritize efforts which drives greatest impact. Some notable interim plans are laid out include: Designing 100% of packaging to be recycle ready by 2025; Sourcing 100% Cocoa volume for chocolate brands through Cocoa Life Program by 2025; Converting manufacturing electricity footprint to renewable energy; Replacing thermal fuels (natural gas, diesel etc.) by ‘green alternatives’; Water and food waste reduction programs across the supply chain; Improving efficiency of distribution networks by route optimization, improve container & truck utilization, investing in new mobility concepts, etc.

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Mondelez Kinh Do has significantly stepped up its efforts to make sustainable packaging not only available but also apparent to consumers.

In Vietnam, the leading snack company pioneers to simplify and use innovative packaging materials to facilitate recycling in existing infrastructure. The company continues to eliminate unnecessary plastic where climate change impact is favorable while delivering product safety and quality.

In recognition of Mondelez Kinh Do’s pioneering role in sustainable development in Vietnam, Mondelez Kinh Do has been ranked one of the Top 100 sustainable companies in 2021, based on the Corporate Sustainability Index (CSI) led by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in coordination with the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/mondelez-kinh-do-achieves-95-progress-on-sustainable-packaging-goals-798853.html

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HCMC records lowest temperature since beginning of 2021

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Deputy Head of the Forecasting Division of the Hydro-meteorological Station in the Southern Region Le Dinh Quyet informed that HCMC recorded the lowest temperature of 22oC in the early morning of December 4 since the beginning of the year.

HCMC records lowest temperature since beginning of 2021

Previously, on December 2, the temperature in the city dropped to 22.4 degrees Celsius.
A cold continental high-pressure system, the strong intensity of the northeast monsoon and a low-pressure trough are considered as reasons for the cold air in the southern region.

It is forecast that Ho Chi Minh City will maintain sunny daytime and cool climate at nighttime and in early mornings.

According to the National Center for Hydrology Meteorology Forecasting, the Northern and North-Central regions have experienced the bitterly-cold weather with a temperature of below seven degrees Celsius through December 5 while the South- Central and Central Highlands regions have suffered from thundery rains.

Fog at night and early morning, the lowest temperatures between 11 degrees Celsius and 13 degrees Celsius, the gusty northeast monsoon of level 2-3 without rain at nighttime are common in the capital city of Hanoi in these days.

The Central Highlands and Southern regions are forecast to experience sunny daytime and thundery showers in the evenings.

Source: SGGP

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/hcmc-records-lowest-temperature-since-beginning-of-2021-798574.html

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