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Japan, UNICEF to help enhance Vietnamese resilience to natural disasters

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Quảng Bình Province’s border guards bring children out of inundated areas during a flood in October 2020. — VNA/ Photo Võ Dung

HÀ NỘI — The Embassy of Japan and UNICEF Việt Nam signed an exchange of notes on Wednesday for a project on ‘enhancing resilience to disaster risks and climate change for children’, which will run in Việt Nam until 2026.

The exchange of notes was signed by Japanese Ambassador Takio Yamada and UNICEF Representative in Việt Nam Rana Flowers, in the presence of Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Hoàng Hiệp.

The US$5.7 million project aims to build institutional capacity to support child-centred and climate-sensitive activities, through policy advocacy to support 27,000 children under 18 in central Việt Nam and the Mekong Delta, especially Sóc Trăng, Cà Màu, and Bạc Liêu provinces.

It will also improve water and sanitation services and conduct screening for severe acute malnutrition. 

Speaking at the event, Hiệp thanked the Japanese Government and UNICEF for supporting risk reduction and other fields, including nutrition, healthcare, education and clean water supply, to help people in natural disaster-prone areas.

The signing of the document is an important milestone in the close partnership between the Governments of Việt Nam and Japan and UNICEF, he said.

Hiệp further noted that his ministry hopes the Government of Japan and UNICEF will continue sharing experiences and promoting Public-Private Partnership (PPP), to enhance resilience to natural disasters and management systems.

He also expects Japan and UNICEF to put forward recommendations for Việt Nam, to carry out behaviour-change campaigns, and enhance awareness of people, leaders and managers in disaster risk reduction to build a disaster-resilient society.

Flowers said that the climate crisis is a crisis of children’s rights. Việt Nam is facing climate change-related disasters, like drought and saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta, as well as historic floods and landslides in central Vietnam last year, the UNICEF official said.

Many communities already hit by natural disasters are suffering adverse impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, she noted, adding that the project will address vulnerable issues in multiple areas, namely clean water, sanitation, nutrition, education and children’s protection.

Additionally, the project not only considers children as a vulnerable group, but also an agent of change for a green, clean and safe community.

According to the UNICEF Children’s Climate Risk Index 2021, Vietnamese children and adolescents are at the highest risk of being affected by climate change. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1081571/japan-unicef-to-help-enhance-vietnamese-resilience-to-natural-disasters.html

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More than 14,300 new COVID-19 infections confirmed in Vietnam on Sunday

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A total of 14,314 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Vietnam on Sunday, bringing the total national tally to 1,309,092, according to the Ministry of Health.

More than 14,300 new COVID-19 infections confirmed in Vietnam on Sunday

A mobile COVID-19 treatment station is set up at Minh Phu General Clinic in Soc Son district in Hanoi

Of the new cases, two were imported ones while another 14,312 cases were detected in 61 provinces and cities nationwide. A total of 8,142 locally transmitted cases were found in the community outside of quarantined areas or locked down ones.
HCM City continued to record the highest number of infections with 1,491, followed by Can Tho with 1,132, Soc Trang 775, Ba Ria – Vung Tau 710 and Dong Thap 690.

The capital city of Hanoi reported 400 new cases.

Other cases were detected in Binh Thuan (648), Ben Tre (630), Binh Phuoc (547), Vinh Long (544), Khanh Hoa (465), Ca Mau (444), Binh Dinh (428), Bac Lieu (398), Kien Giang (394), Dong Nai (355), Binh Duong (355), An Giang (350), Thua Thien Hue (305), Hau Giang (295), Tien Giang (257), Tra Vinh (212), Ha Giang (160), Bac Ninh (113), Dak Nong (102), Thanh Hoa (94), Hai Phong (91), Long An (90), Hai Duong (88), Lam Dong (84), Quang Ngai (81), Da Nang (78), Ninh Thuan (75), Quang Nam (63), Quang Ninh (62), Gia Lai (61), Hung Yen (60), Nam Dinh (47), Phu Tho (45), Thai Nguyen (35), Vinh Phuc (34), Phu Yen (31), Thai Binh (28), Quang Binh (25), Hoa Binh (23), Yen Bai (21), Tuyen Quang (16), Kon Tum (13), Bac Giang (12), Ha Tinh (11), Lang Son (11), Lao Cai (9), Son La (9), Ninh Binh (5), Ha Nam (5), Cao Bang (5), Quang Tri (4), Lai Chau (2), Dien Bien (1) and Bac Kan (1).

In the last seven days, Vietnam reported on average 13,982 new cases daily.

On Sunday, the country reported 199 deaths related to COVID-19. The death toll has now hit 26,260, accounting for two per cent of total infections.

According to the Ministry of Health’s report, a further 1,711 patients were given the all-clear, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,009,277.

A total of 6,845 patients nationwide are in serious condition, with 683 requiring invasive ventilation and 15 on life support (ECMO).

Until now, the country has injected over 127.353 million doses of vaccine, with more than 54.1 million people now fully inoculated.

Source: VNS

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/more-than-14-300-new-covid-19-infections-confirmed-in-vietnam-on-sunday-798646.html

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Public hospitals in HCM City set aside beds for COVID-19 patients

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Doctors at Bình Thạnh No.1 Field Hospital in HCM City treat COVID-19 patients. VNA/ Photo

HCM CITY — The HCM City Department of Health on Thursday asked all public hospitals in the city to set aside at least 10 per cent of hospital beds for treatment of COVID-19 patients amid a surge in hospitalisations and deaths and the emergence of the Omicron variant.

Hospitals in the city have been asked to prepare medicine and medical devices for the clinical management of COVID-19.

Designated isolation areas at hospitals are being shifted to COVID-19 treatment units, the department said in a document sent to leaders of hospitals.

Hospitals have also been asked to restructure their operation to make it fit with requirements for COVID-19 treatment, and maintain health check-ups and treatment for other diseases.

Tier-one general hospitals and specialised hospitals in pediatrics and infectious diseases have been asked to set up COVID-19 intensive care units to treat severe cases. A COVID-19 department should be established at these hospitals, it said.

The department has designated nine major hospitals in the city to receive severe cases from lower-tier hospitals, including Chợ Rẫy, Thống Nhất, HCM City Medical University, Huế Central Hospital in HCM City, Gia Định People, People 115, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, 175 Military Hospital, and Phước Lộc field hospital.

Four hospitals – Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Trưng Vương, An Bình and Củ Chi District hospitals – which fully shifted to COVID-19 treatment have maintained operation since the city lifted the lockdown on October 1.

Six hospitals which partly shifted to COVID-19 treatment, including Municipal Children Hospital, Eastern People Military Hospital, and Phạm Ngọc Thạch, Từ Dũ, Hùng Vương and Nguyễn Tri Phương hospitals, have also maintained operation.

These 10 hospitals are operating with 4,300 beds set aside for COVID-19 patients.

Thirteen city-level field hospitals with 22,000 beds, 16 district-level field hospitals with 8,000 beds, and 65 health facilities with 9,000 beds in the city are offering COVID-19 treatment.

The Department of Health has asked hospital leaders to allocate medical workers to provide health care and treatment for COVID-19 patients.

A total of 86,000 people with COVID-19 are under quarantine and treatment in the city, including more than 66,000 people receiving home-based care.

More than 14,000 patients with moderate and severe symptoms are being treated at hospitals in the city. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1092012/public-hospitals-in-hcm-city-set-aside-beds-for-covid-19-patients.html

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Woman arrested after being wanted for 16 years in Vietnam

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Police in Vietnam have arrested a woman who had been at large for nearly 16 years after being convicted of a drug-related crime.

The Department of Public Security in southern Kien Giang Province confirmed on Sunday it had apprehended Le Thi Kim Tu, 41.

Police investigation showed that Tu and her husband were caught red-handed selling drugs in Ho Chi Minh City in December 2001.

The couple lived with their child in Hoc Mon District at the time.

In mid-2002, Tu was sentenced to seven years in prison while her husband got six years for illegally trading narcotics.

The woman was allowed to postpone her jail term as she needed to take care of her child, who was under 36 months old.

She was thus taken to Kien Giang Province so that authorities could supervise her during this period.

When Tu was ready to serve her prison sentence in 2005, officers found that she had run away from her place of residence.

The woman had been wanted by Kien Giang police since then.

Over the past 16 years, Tu had been living in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang after changing her name.

She had a romantic relationship with a local man and eventually lived with him and his family.

Following a recent argument, Tu attempted to attack her boyfriend’s mother with a knife.

Local police intervened in the incident and summoned Tu to their station for a working session.

Officers in Tien Giang eventually discovered Tu’s true identity and reported the case to their counterparts in Kien Giang Province.

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