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Quảng Nam Province praised for improved breastfeeding statistics

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A mother and newborn in skin-to-skin contact at the Quảng Nam Provincial General Hospital. — Photo courtesy of Alive & Thrive

QUẢNG NAM — Half of all childbirths in Quảng Nam Province now take place in ‘Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding’, ensuring thousands of newborns and their mothers have access to quality newborn care and breastfeeding support.

A survey from the Alive & Thrive initiative showed there were 23,600 newborns in Quảng Nam Province in 2020, of which 12,500 babies were delivered at Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding.

The statistics were revealed at a workshop on Tuesday to discuss efforts in the province to build a network of universal family-friendly health services, which also provides more equitable access to newborn care and breastfeeding support for ethnic minorities and families with special needs.

Supported by Irish Aid through the Alive & Thrive initiative, the Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding model in Việt Nam aims to improve quality of maternal and newborn care and promote the implementation of the ‘Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding’ in health facilities.

“We are delighted to know that up to one in four babies will be born in a Center of Excellence for Breastfeeding in Việt Nam by 2022 if all 58 enrolled hospitals from 12 provinces become accredited. Today, we are more confident about this vision after hearing Quảng Nam’s mission to have five out of seven hospitals designated as Centers of Excellence,” said Lisa Doherty, Deputy Head of Development, Embassy of Ireland in Việt Nam.

Quảng Nam has more Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding than any other provinces in the country, with a percentage of early and exclusive breastfeeding of 95. Just two years after the initiative was launched in Quảng Nam, the rate of uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth has sharply increased from 53 per cent to 86 per cent for vaginal births and 46 per cent to 96 per cent for caesarian births.

“Quảng Nam, which was a pandemic hotbed and natural hit area, received nearly 350 pregnant women from COVID-19 high-risk countries. Two mothers confirmed with COVID-19 were supported to practise prolonged skin-to-skin contact and direct breastfeeding and were also enabled to bring a birth companion of choice despite strict COVID-19 infection control measures. I am impressed with the resilience of the health services and health workers in Quảng Nam, and you are an exemplar to follow to maintain service provision for mothers and newborns during pandemics and disasters,” said Roger Mathisen, Southeast Asia Director for Alive & Thrive.

“We are proud of the comprehensive support package to ensure equitable access to breast milk for all newborns, including at-risk infants,” said Dr Mai Văn Mười, Director of Quảng Nam Department of Health.

“Each year in the province, there are more than 2,000 pre-term, low-birth weight and sick infants who cannot directly breastfeed for a period of time. Therefore, a Human Milk Bank Service Network was set up at Quảng Nam General Hospital, a Center of Excellence for Breastfeeding, to provide pasteurised donor human milk for these babies,” added Mười.

The Human Milk Bank in Quảng Nam was launched in July 2020 in connection with the Đà Nẵng Human Milk Bank and has already provided 54 litres of pasteurised human milk from donating mothers to 80 at-risk infants.

On April 14, three more hospitals will be recognised as the Centers of Excellence designation, including Vĩnh Đức General Hospital and Quế Sơn General Hospital in Quảng Nam, and Hải Châu General Hospital in Đà Nẵng, increasing the total number of Centers of Excellence in Việt Nam to 21. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/925655/quang-nam-province-praised-for-improved-breastfeeding-statistics.html

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Tien Giang reports four more Covid-19 deaths

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A medical worker arranges Covid-19 test tubes. The Tien Giang steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control on July 15 reported four new Covid-19 deaths at the Field Hospital No. 2 – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The Tien Giang steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control on July 15 reported four new Covid-19 deaths at the Field Hospital No. 2, taking the Covid-19 death toll in the Mekong Delta province to eight.

Two of them were 28 and 35 years old, while the other two were elderly people and had underlying health conditions.

The 35-year-old woman, who lived in My Tho City, was transferred from the Field Hospital No. 3 to the Field Hospital No. 2 on July 14. At 11:30 a.m. on July 15, the patient’s health condition worsened and she was pronounced dead at 12:35 p.m.

The other deceased, a 28-year-old resident of Go Cong Town, was sent to the Field Hospital No. 2 from the Field Hospital No. 1 on July 9 after becoming seriously ill.

On July 14, the patient was put on a ventilator, but as the health condition worsened, the patient died at 7.00 p.m. on the same day.

The 66-year-old patient was transferred to the field hospital on July 12 and took a turn for the worse on July 14. The patient was confirmed dead at 5.00 p.m. on the same day.

The 79-year-old resident of My Tho City was transferred to the field hospital from the quarantine area of the Tien Giang General Hospital on July 13 and died at 8.00 p.m. on July 14.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/83188/tien-giang-reports-four-more-covid-19-deaths.html

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This young mother is helping Saigon’s needy survive the pandemic

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Despite having her own difficulties navigating the pandemic, Pham Gia Vy, a Saigonese mother of two infants, has been spending her days and her money feeding the city’s poor.

For the past week, Vy, a resident of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7, has been delivering rice and other basic essentials to homeless people and residents living in lockdown throughout the district.

“I am a nail technician, but I’ve had to close my salon because of the pandemic and the social distancing mandate,” said Vy.

“I’m not the only one going through difficult times right now, so I decided to buy rice, instant noodles, and water to donate to others.”

Vy had purchased 200 meals for her delivery outing, but after sharing her story on social media, she soon found dozens of donors willing to contribute money, food, and time in order to support her mission of aiding the city’s vulnerable.

Pham Gia Vy to prepares to deliver free meals to Saigon residents affected by COVID-19. Supplied photo.
Pham Gia Vy to prepares to deliver free meals to Saigon residents affected by COVID-19 in this supplied photo.

Since July 10, Ho Chi Minh City has been under Directive 16 – a COVID-19 prevention measure that requires people to remain home except when purchasing necessities, such as medicine and food.

“I may stop doing this because I worry about leaving my toddlers at home,” Vy explained, adding that spending the past weekdays delivering meals around the city by motorbike has kept her quite busy.

“My husband has been taking care of our 3-year-old and 1-year-old. It’s so nice of him to do that, but I worry it’s too much for him.”

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210717/this-young-mother-is-helping-saigons-needy-survive-the-pandemic/62094.html

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Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

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Hanoi authorities on July 18 halted all non-essential services from July 19 amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The city reported 42 new Covid-19 locally-transmitted cases on July 18 with some found outside locked-down areas. 

Accordingly, Hanoi citizens are required to stay at home and only go out when necessary such as business trip, food and medicine purchases, and other emergency cases like health check-ups and treatment. 

They were also ordered not to gather more than five people outside workplaces, schools and hospitals. Agencies and businesses are urged to actively outline online work or work-in-shift plans. Shopping malls, supermarkets, and wholesale and wet markets only sell necessities. Public transport means must reduce seats by half. 

Hanoians flocked to supermarkets on the evening of July 18 and July 19 morning to buy necessities. Many supermarkets in Hanoi have run out of food and necessities. 

Meanwhile, the director of Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade, Tran Thi Phuong Lan, warned people not to flock to crowded shopping centers and supermarkets to avoid possible virus spread. According to the official, they have built goods supply plans for three scenarios of the Covid-19 outbreak. 

VietNamNet reporters took photos at supermarkets in Hanoi on July 18:

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

At VinMart supermarket in Times City urban area

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

At VinMart supermarket in Times City urban area

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

At VinMart supermarket in Times City urban area

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

At VinMart supermarket in Times City urban area

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

At VinMart supermarket in Times City urban area

At Big C Supercenter in Nam Tu Liem district

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods
Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods
Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

At Big C supermarket on Tran Duy Hung Street, Cau Giay District

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods
Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

At VinMart supermarket on Le Duc Tho street

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods
Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

At Co.opmart supermarket in Ha Dong District

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods
Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods
Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods
Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods
Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

At BiG C Thang Long supermarket

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods
Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods
Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods
Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods
Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods
Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/vn-determines-to-curb-covid-19-as-number-surpasses-40-000-mark-757008.html

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