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Sai Gon’s ‘knights’ offer aid to people in distress

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The kindness of “night-road knights” has made a massive contribution to reducing traffic accidents, and has won acclaim from the people and the government of Binh Tan District, HCM City.

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Video: A night of the ‘night-road’ knights.

“As a builder, I often come home late. There are times when my motorcycle breaks down along the way, leaving me spent by the time I arrive home because I had to walk it. That can exhaust me as a young man, let alone women or even older people. The idea of getting on the road to offer support to those in need entered my mind,” said Nguyen Thanh Hien, head of the People’s Support Team of Binh Tan District in HCM City.

Starting with only a few of his best friends, he expanded the team to 32 members after a year. At 8pm daily when the last shifts return home, they go on their mission to travel to the nooks and crannies of Binh Tan district to offer free vehicle services, along with provision of first aid in case of road accidents and assistance to the drunk or the lost. People can also have quick access to emergency inquiry from 8pm to midnight daily via a hotline number published by the team.

Le Truong Hai, the team’s vice head, confided that in the early days they only helped people with vehicle problems or who were drunk. However, the team has recently done more like finding relatives of victims of unknown identity.

“In previous years, the team provided support to the intoxicated, especially in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, which has been less rampant because of stricter sanctions on alcohol violations. The team now mainly assists those with vehicle troubles on night roads,” Hai said.

“I work as a daytime delivery person, and at night, I’d rather join the team than stay home or hang out. This little thing is my source of serotonin,” said Le Hong Thanh, 31, who takes part in the team via social media.

Vo Thi Kim Ngan, 25, the only female of the team, said that she begged to join. “It’s such an honor to be a part of what they are doing. My job is to support other members in giving first aid to traffic accident victims, especially when they are women, ” she said.

The challenges

The kindness of the team has made a massive contribution to reducing traffic accidents, and has won acclaim from the people and the government of Binh Tan District.

According to Hien, offering help is not always effortless as it seems. The team has many times been accused of deliberately approaching victims to steal property, or to do this for fame. The team has even suffered from nails spread on objects, which were done by vehicle repair shops who wanted to win back customers. And it requires they have a sane mind when helping drunk people since the team members are often insulted, or even assaulted. Remaining calm and professional can ensure the safety of both caregivers and recipients.

Some people with bad intentions have taken advantage of the team’s name for their own gain. “There once was a bad guy who detected a drunk person sleeping on the bridge rail, so he approached the victim, claiming he was a team member and then required this person to show personal papers. He then snatched it and his money and drove away,” said Hien.

The team came up with a solution of wearing a uniform with a designed logo and a hotline number printed on the back. After nearly three years, the image of these “night road knights”, as they are called, wandering the streets offering kind help has endeared them to a great many people in Binh Tan District.

Nhóm bạn trẻ Sài Gòn đêm ra đường cứu người gặp tai nạn

Some members of the team take a short rest before doing their daily work at night.

Nhóm bạn trẻ Sài Gòn đêm ra đường cứu người gặp tai nạn
Kim Ngan – the only woman in the team.
Nhóm bạn trẻ Sài Gòn đêm ra đường cứu người gặp tai nạn

Team members provide free services for passers-by.

Nhóm bạn trẻ Sài Gòn đêm ra đường cứu người gặp tai nạn

They help people in distress.

Nhóm bạn trẻ Sài Gòn đêm ra đường cứu người gặp tai nạn

They are happy to help others.

Nguyen Son

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/feature/sai-gon-s-knights-offer-aid-to-people-in-distress-725466.html

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31 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning, including 30 local cases

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Việt Nam reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning, including 30 local cases: Bắc Ninh (16), Bắc Giang(10), Lạng Sơn (3), HCM City (1). All are in locked down areas.

 

 

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/951956/31-new-cases-of-covid-19-on-wednesday-morning-including-30-local-cases.html

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HCMC reports another coronavirus case

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HCMC reports another coronavirus case

The building where two Covid-19 suspects work on Pasteur Street, HCMC’s District 3 is isolated on May 18, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.


A woman working with a man who tested positive for the new coronavirus on Tuesday morning has also got infected, HCMC Health Department announced.

Her first test result arrived as positive Tuesday night after the city tracked down 59 people who have had contact with the 35-year-old man who lives in Thu Duc City, works at an auditing company District 3, and has tested positive at least twice.

According to the city’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the woman, 34, lives in Tan Kieng Ward of District 7 and also works at the auditing company.

She had visited northern Hai Phong City, a coronavirus hotspot, from April 24 to May 5.

She flew back to HCMC on May 5 on Vietnam Airlines flight VN1179 and ran a fever three days later. She bought medicine to treat herself and did not have her health checked at any healthcare facilities.

She took sick leave for three days after that and returned to work on May 11.

The city is tracing down passengers on the flight and people that have come into close contact with her.

The Thu Duc man has not been recorded by the Health Ministry as a Covid-19 patient.

He had visited Vinmec Hospital on Monday for symptoms including fever, coughing and sore throat and then his samples were taken for testing.

His mother, wife and two children who live with him have tested negative at least once.

For the ongoing Covid-19 wave that broke out in Vietnam three weeks ago, the health ministry has confirmed just one patient in HCMC. No new local transmission has been linked to the city for 75 days.

Nationwide, the new wave has seen 1,473 cases recorded in 28 cities and provinces.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/hcmc-reports-another-coronavirus-case-4280114.html

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New Covid-19 cases continue to surge in Bac Giang

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A medical worker handles test tubes containing samples for Covid-19 testing. Vietnam reported 48 new domestic Covid-19 cases on Tuesday evening – PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HEALTH

HCMC – Thirty-three out of 48 new domestic Covid-19 cases confirmed this evening, May 18, were detected in Bac Giang, keeping the northern province the biggest Covid-19 hotspot in the fourth Covid-19 wave.

The new cases in the province are people that had close contact with Covid-19 patients and had been quarantined before testing positive.

The province accounted for more than half of today’s Covid-19 tally, with 96 cases out of the country’s total of 152.

Among the remaining cases, 13 were reported in Bac Ninh Province, while Dien Bien and Thai Binh provinces had one case each. They were detected at quarantine centers or areas that are currently under lockdown.

Up to now, Vietnam has reported 4,512 Covid-19 cases, including 1,473 domestic infections in 28 cities and provinces in the latest outbreak starting late last month.

Bac Giang and Bac Ninh have been hit the hardest by the fourth Covid-19 wave, with 507 and 306 cases to date, respectively.

The Ministry of Health has asked some frontline hospitals and the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology to help Bac Giang Province with Covid-19 testing. The province is now capable of performing some 1,500 Covid-19 tests a day.

Many localities such as Hanoi, Quang Ninh, Yen Bai and Hai Duong have sent medical workers and equipment to Bac Giang to help the province fight off Covid-19.

For Bac Ninh Province, the Health Ministry has asked Bach Mai Hospital to send experts and mechanical ventilators to Bac Ninh Province General Hospital to assist the hospital in treating Covid-19 patients and restrict sending patients to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/82011/new-covid-19-cases-continue-to-surge-in-bac-giang.html

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