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Experts call for speeding up life-course immunisation in Southeast Asia

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An impage of the the “The Decade of Healthy Ageing in ASEAN: Role of Life-Course Immunisation”. — Photo

HCM CITY — Vaccination remains one of the most cost-effective interventions available to protect against infectious diseases, a report titled ‘The Decade of Healthy Ageing in ASEAN: Role of Life-Course Immunisation’ has emphasised.

Released by the EU-ASEAN Business Council, KPMG in Singapore and drug company Sanofi with support from the Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum (WPPF), it lists healthy ageing barriers in Southeast Asia and calls for urgent and greater focus on implementing life-course immunisation.  

With age, the immune function goes into decline, increasing older people’s susceptibility to infectious diseases such as the flu and pneumonia, which can cause other health risks and complications, and vaccination helps protect against the diseases, it said.

Despite the obvious benefits, Southeast Asia lags behind the rest of the world in life-course immunisation, falling significantly short of the 75 per cent target rate set by the World Health Organization, it added.

John Jackson, president of the WPPF, said: “While the region focuses on COVID-19, and rightly so, we need to also give attention urgently to another pressing issue, ageing societies. 

“As we age, we are more susceptible to health complications. Many diseases that afflict the elderly can be thwarted by immunisation. Yet, the role and value of life-course vaccination or vaccination at every stage of life beyond childhood is not fully realised.

“Today’s report provides a starting point for governments across the region to implement incremental policy changes that can further empower healthy ageing and economies.

The report, which seeks to inform programming and high-level dialogue at the regional and local levels, covers Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Việt Nam, the Philippines, and Indonesia with insights and inputs from 27 experts in the six countries as well as Switzerland and the US.

Chris Humphrey, executive director of the EU-ASEAN Business Council, said: “This report shows us the dividends that we can harness by better ensuring a healthier, more productive older working population. Southeast Asia needs to start planning now to ensure that we take the right policy action including preventative care.”

Eric Mansion, general manager, Asia Zone, Sanofi Pasteur, said: “Health is wealth but protecting our older adults goes beyond monetary impacts [since] healthy ageing allows ageing populations to enjoy a good quality of life in their golden years and contribute meaningfully to social situations and beyond.

“Life-course immunisation should urgently be prioritised as a vital part of healthy ageing policies in Southeast Asia to lessen the impact of ageing societies and to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases.”

Jackson said: “Although further implementing life-course immunisation programmes will be a costly and logistically complex endeavour,  the alternative will be far more expensive and not just in monetary terms. 

“Time is running out, and swift, decisive action to address the issues that threaten to undermine having a healthy, ageing population is imperative.” —

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Breakfast @ Tien Phong News – November 27

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Check out the news you should not miss today:

Politics

— Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue will pay official visits to Australia and New Zealand from November 30 to December 6, the Vietnam News Agency quoted the NA Foreign Relations Committee as saying on Saturday.

Society

— Ho Chi Minh City will build three wastewater collection and treatment stations with a total capacity of 365,000 cubic meters a day.

— The Binh Thuan Province Border Guard Command on Saturday said they were investigating a case in which a fishing boat with eight fishermen on board was rammed by a transport ship while they were fishing in the waters of the south-central city of Phan Thiet the night before.

Business

— Vietnam’s seafood exports have fully recovered after the COVID-19 pandemic, with export turnover reaching US$10 billion by the end of November and being forecast to top $11 billion by the end of this year, general secretary of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers Truong Dinh Hoe reported at a seminar in Can Tho City on Saturday.

— More than 90 percent of local businesses temporarily stopped operating, over 14,000 employees of tourism had to temporarily stop working, were shifted to part-time work or even laid off in 2021-22 in the central province of Quang Nam, the province’s tourism department reported at a seminar on COVID-19 response and recovery held by UNESCO and Quang Nam Tourism Association on Saturday.

Lifestyle

— Famous Singaporean designer Frederick Lee has introduced his latest collection titled ‘Take Me Back To Lost Memories And Untold Tale’ at the Vietnam International Fashion Week from November 24 to 27 in Hanoi.

— Two heritage pieces of Vietnam on Friday were recognized as part of documentary heritage in Asia and the Pacific at the 9th general meeting of the Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific in South Korea, the Vietnamese Agency reported on the same day.

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14 children hospitalized after drinking milk at school in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

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Some 14 elementary students in My Tho City of Tien Giang Province, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, were hospitalized for food poisoning treatment after drinking a milk product at their school on Friday.

They were admitted to Tien Giang General Hospital, which confirmed the admission on the night of the same day.

The children suffered from nausea and stomachache.

Their health basically resumed stable condition after treatment and all were released at 7:00 pm on Friday.

They are students of Nguyen Trai Elementary School in My Tho, the capital city of Tien Giang.

Phan Minh Tan, principal of the school, said the children drank a milk product provided by a company in Ho Chi Minh City at around 2:00 pm on Friday and 14 of them started feeling sick shortly after.

Health authorities in Tien Giang have tested the samples of the dairy product to investigate the cause of the case.

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Ho Chi Minh City woman sentenced to death for murder, abuse of fiancé’s daughter

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The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on Friday sentenced a woman to death for beating her fiancé’s eight-year-old daughter to death last year.

The death penalty was handed down to Nguyen Vo Quynh Trang, 27, for ‘murder,’ along with a three-year imprisonment for ‘torturing others.’

The judge panel also gave Nguyen Kim Trung Thai, the murdered child’s 37-year-old father, three years in prison for ‘torturing others’ and an additional five years for ‘concealing crimes.’

The criminal behavior of the defendants is particularly dangerous for society as they committed crimes against a child, according to the city People’s Procuracy.

It is thus necessary to remove them from social life permanently.

Trang and Thai had lived together for over a year, from the time Thai divorced his ex-wife and was given custody of the daughter in 2020. 

Trang had frequently beaten the eight-year-old girl and forced her to do chores, investigation found

When rods broke due to repeated beatings, she switched to wooden implements.

On December 22 last year, Trang beat the girl so badly that she fainted. 

The girl was taken to hospital, but was declared dead on arrival. 

Her wounds and bruises prompted doctors to contact police.

Thai then deleted all the camera data of his apartment to conceal the crime.

The case triggered indignation among people nationwide.

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