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Food processing workers should be given priority for Covid-19 vaccination: Ministry

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Employees are seen processing shrimps for export. A working team of the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development has proposed the prime minister ask local authorities to prioritize vaccinating all workers of food processing plants to maintain production and exports – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – A working team of the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development has proposed the prime minister ask local authorities to prioritize vaccinating all workers of food processing plants to maintain production and exports.

As for the fisheries sector, the working team in a report sent to the prime minister said that the latest resurgence of the coronavirus has taken a heavy toll on fisheries companies, especially those in the south.

Fisheries production and exports since the second half of July fell sharply, by 20% compared to the first half of this year. The capacity of fisheries processing plants in the south is also forecast to decline by 60-70%, the team said.

After visiting some fisheries processing facilities, the team noticed that these businesses have made huge efforts to maintain their operations and well adopted the stay-at-work mode. However, many fisheries processing plants that failed to meet anti-virus requirements due to relatively high costs had to halt their operations.

Meanwhile, most of the workers of these businesses have yet to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Once an employee is infected with Covid-19, the plant has to shut down and can encounter huge financial losses.

The team also predicted that the supply of agricultural products and food for export in the second half of the year will drop sharply. The export of vegetables in the second half may fall 30% due to the lack of agricultural materials.

In addition, many agricultural products could face difficult consumption and falling prices such as dragon fruits, bananas, pineapples, lemons, tra fish and shrimp, prompting a certain number of farmers, cooperatives and enterprises to hesitate to reinvest in further production.

To promote the growth of the cultivation, husbandry, fisheries sectors and avoid the disruption of the value chain, it is essential to roll out a program to comprehensively support the sectors in terms of plant seeds, livestock and aquatic breeds.

Accordingly, the team proposed the Government leader direct 19 provinces and cities in the south to administer the Covid-19 vaccine to all workers of food processing plants, slaughterhouses that are implementing the stay-at-work mode and manufacturing businesses in connection with factories. They are the labor force that directly ensures the supply of food and foodstuff in the long run, the team added.

The Government was also asked to offer electricity price support to food producing and processing businesses, so that they can ramp up the purchase of agro products and keep products in cold storage.

The team also requested the Government to launch a national program to purchase and stock up on rice to stimulate rice production and encourage local farmers to continue rice production, aimed at ensuring national food security and stable rice export.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/83568/food-processing-workers-should-be-given-priority-for-covid-19-vaccination-ministry.html

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Over 67% of Covid-19 patients at HCM City Covid-19 Resuscitation Hospital need psychological support

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According to a survey by the Covid-19 Resuscitation Hospital in HCM City, up to 67% of patients said they wanted to have psychological counseling.

Hơn 67% F0 ở Bệnh viện Hồi sức Covid-19 muốn được hỗ trợ tâm lý
Psychologist Tri Thi Minh Thuy talks with a severe Covid-19 patient who has recovered from the disease and is about to be discharged from the hospital. Photo: Cho Ray Hospital.

According to the survey, 20% of the patients suffered depression, 53.3% with anxiety disorder, and 16.7% with stress.

In particular, up to 66.7% patients who needed High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) suffered from depression. Similarly, 66.7% patients who had to breathe oxygen through a mask or mechanical ventilator suffered from anxiety disorder.

As many as 67% of patients wanted psychological counseling during treatment and after being discharged from the hospital.

The hospital has invited psychologist Tri Thi Minh Thuy from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, to survey and provide psychological treatment support for patients at the hospital.

“When they go to the hospital for Covid-19 treatment, patients have to be away from their families and fight the virus alone to survive so it’s easy to cause sadness and loss of appetite,” said Dr. Thuy.

“Seeing me, many patients remained still. I said if you agree to talk to me, please give me a sign. They understood what I was saying but did not do anything. I had to help them eat and drink, talk to them, give them a massage, then they began to open their hearts,” she said.

After getting into contact with many severely ill Covid-19 patients, Dr. Thuy concluded that they suffered from anxiety, panic attacks, or depression. This is why they need a psychologist.

Tu Anh

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/over-67-of-covid-19-patients-at-hcm-city-covid-19-resuscitation-hospital-need-psychological-support-776618.html

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Côn Đảo to return to ‘new normal’ under province’s proposal

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Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu Province is drafting plans for reopening after September 22. — Photo courtesy of nld.com.vn

HCM CITY — Several wards and communes in Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu Province are expected to continue to be under the Government’s Directive 16, while Côn Đảo District would return to a “new normal” state.

The provincial Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Tuesday held a meeting on epidemic prevention and control plans after September 22 to discuss ending the province’s 5th social distancing period.

Directive 16 would continue to be applied in wards Nguyễn An Ninh, Thắng Nhất, Thắng Nhì, 1, 10 and 11, located in various districts.

Some communes and towns in Long Điền District, namely Phước Hưng, An Ngãi and Long Hải, will also be under Directive 16.

Bà Rịa City, Phú Mỹ Town, Châu Đức District, Đất Đỏ District and Xuyên Mộc District, together with the remaining communes and towns of Long Điền District, will be under the more relaxed Directive 15.

Production and business activities in Côn Đảo District will resume in a new normal state. However, traffic from the mainland to the island must be carefully monitored.

Districts such as Châu Đức, Đất Đỏ, Xuyên Mộc and Bà Rịa City aim to slowly recover and carefully open some types of economic activities in four stages.

During the first stage, between September 23 and 30, those areas will loosen travel control in the “green zone” and reopen supermarkets, retail store chains, small businesses selling essential items, traditional markets and take-away food services, and resume agricultural, forestry and fishery production activities.

The second stage, from October 1 to 31, involves tourism at hotels with closed services.

If the epidemic continues to be controlled well and Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu returns to the new normal, the third stage, from November 11 to December 31, will be implemented.

The locality will allow tourist and resort establishments to welcome guests who are fully vaccinated. Real estate agencies, and security and insurance activities will be permitted to open, and intra-provincial public transport will operate at 50 per cent capacity. Education, training services and sports activities would be limited to no more than 20 people.

All economic activities in the last stage will reopen in 2022.

Vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Trần Văn Tuấn is seeking feedback from authorities and will announce the final plan soon.

As of September 21, after more than two months of social distancing, Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu had recorded 3,943 COVID-19 cases. — 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1036762/con-dao-to-return-to-new-normal-under-provinces-proposal.html

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Five teens killed in road crash during Mid-Autumn Festival in northern Vietnam

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Five teenage boys were killed and two others injured following a road accident involving four motorbikes that were traveling at high speed in the northern Vietnamese province of Phu Tho on Tuesday night.

The crash took place along a street in Minh Tan Commune, Cam Khe District at around 10:30 pm, according to Nguyen Hong Son, chairman of the commune’s People’s Committee.

A total of seven teenagers were traveling on four motorbikes at high speed when they crashed into one another.

Four of them were killed on the spot, while the other three were admitted to the hospital with serious injuries.

One of the injured later died at around 1:00 am on Wednesday.

The five deceased victims were identified as Nguyen Ngoc Duy, 16, Nguyen Trung Dung, 16, Doan Quoc Hoi, 17, Nguyen Thanh Toan, 18, and Nguyen Truong Son, 16, according to An Toan Giao Thong (Traffic Safety) newspaper, which is managed by the National Committee for Traffic Safety.

Khuat Viet Hung, vice-chairman of the committee, has requested authorities in Phu Tho to promptly carry out an investigation and find out the cause of the accident.

Hung directed competent authorities to check whether the victims were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and to verify any signs of illegal street racing.

The boys are believed to have been celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival prior to the crash, the provincial traffic safety committee reported.

The National Committee for Traffic Safety also asked their family members to pay attention to pandemic prevention and control measures when organizing funerals for the victims.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210922/five-teens-killed-in-road-crash-during-midautumn-festival-in-northern-vietnam/63216.html

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