Connect with us

Society

Young doctor dreams of ‘Made in Vietnam’ pharmaceuticals

Published

on

Truong Thanh Tung is a young doctor with great aspirations. With experience working abroad, Tung and his research team hope to make antiviral drugs in Vietnam to treat infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

Young doctor dreams of 'Made in Vietnam' pharmaceuticals
Truong Thanh Tung researches drugs in the laboratory of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Phenikaa University, in Hanoi. — Photo baotintuc.vn

When still a high school student, Tung was fascinated by creating new substances from chemical reactions. He decided to follow his dream to become a pharmacist and invent new drugs to save patients.

As a Hanoi University of Pharmacy student, Tung had research papers published in international journals. “My recognised research work helped me believe that scientific research is my greatest strength,” said Tung.

A mentee of Prof. Nguyen Hai Nam, Rector of Hanoi University of Pharmacy, Tung has had the opportunity to study and do scientific research in many countries worldwide, such as Korea, the United States and in Europe.

By the age of 33, Tung had 28 articles published in scientific journals, of which 26 were published in international scientific journals.

Although being offered many jobs abroad, Tung chose to return to his homeland of Vietnam to fulfill his dream of making medicines.

“Two years ago, I asked myself these questions: Am I ready to return to Vietnam? Have I accumulated enough experience to return to my homeland and fulfill my dream? Can I research and develop pharmaceuticals in Vietnam?” said Tung.

“When I knew the answers were yes, I quickly returned to Vietnam.”

When the pandemic hit, Tung saw that this was the golden time to return to Vietnam due to his passion for researching infectious diseases.

“In the United States and many European countries, people are interested in making medicines such as cancer treatment and management drugs,” said Tung.

“In Vietnam, infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance are more common. Thus, research on new antibiotics and antivirals are very much needed.”

One of the difficulties stated by Tung in Vietnam is that almost all drugs, including functional foods or therapeutic drugs, have to import pharmaceutical and chemical raw materials from abroad.

Such materials are not available in Vietnam but many countries such as India, China, Korea, and the United States.

“When I returned to Vietnam, the lab where I worked was empty,” said Tung.

Fortunately, he received an offer to work at Phenikaa University, where Tung and his research team at the Faculty of Pharmacy were sponsored and they have received investment in research equipment.

“After a while, I found a way to adapt myself to the conditions in Vietnam, that is, to conduct studies according to foreign methods and flexibly utilise the equipment I have,” said Tung.

Duong Thi Ly Huong, deputy dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Phenikaa University, comments: “Tung is a person who is passionate about scientific research. Despite receiving many job offers from foreign companies, enterprises and research institutes, he still returned to Vietnam with the desire to contribute to his home country, which I deeply respect.”

While studying and researching abroad, Tung was a member of the editorial boards of leading international journals specialising in pharmacy. Thanks to that, he has networked with many leading professors in pharmacy, which has supported Tung and his team immensely, especially with the free testing of new drugs that the research team found.

Tung believes that finding drugs against infectious diseases is crucial for the community. Once an infectious disease is discovered, the number of people infected could be very high. COVID-19 is a clear example.

“If drug research for infectious diseases is successful, more people will have a better chance of being cured,” said Tung.

Until now, Tung’s research team have found several pharmaceutical products that can replace antibiotics. These drugs can help people with antibiotic resistance to treat diseases. They also have had some success in antiretroviral drug work tested on HIV. These studies would be modified to be applied to other viruses, including SARS-CoV-2.

On March 26, Tung was honoured to be awarded the 2021 Young Vietnamese Face Award in scientific research. This is a result of the difficulties he overcame and motivation for him to continue with his passion.

“My team’s long-term aspiration is to produce Made in Vietnam medicine to bring to the people drugs that are synthesised, produced and supplied in Vietnam,” said Tung.

“We will work together to have world-class projects so that international scientists and global pharmaceutical companies can come to Vietnam for technology exchange. I hope our efforts can put Vietnam on the world pharmacy map.” 

Source: Vietnam News 

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/young-doctor-dreams-of-made-in-vietnam-pharmaceuticals-827068.html

Society

Typhoon Noru weakens after wreaking havoc in central Vietnam

Published

on

Typhoon Noru weakened on Wednesday morning after making landfall and wreaking havoc in central Vietnam, while heavy downpours are still in the forecast over the next few days.

The typhoon made landfall between Da Nang City and Quang Nam Province at around 3:30 am on Wednesday, unleashing winds of 103-133km per hour, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

At 7:00 am the same day, the wind speed decreased to between 62 and 74km an hour.

A restaurant is damaged in Da Nang City, Vietnam following the landfall of Typhoon Noru, September 28, 2022. Photo: Le Trung / Tien Phong

A restaurant is damaged in Da Nang City, Vietnam following the landfall of Typhoon Noru, September 28, 2022. Photo: Le Trung / Tien Phong

The storm is expected to travel west in the next 12 hours and be downgraded to a tropical depression and later a low-pressure area.

Due to the influence of the storm, provinces in central Vietnam and the northern part of the Central Highlands recorded massive rainfall of about 200-300 millimeters on Tuesday night.

More downpours are forecast for these localities on Wednesday and Thursday, posing a high risk of flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas as well as serious flooding in low-lying locations.

People fix power lines in central Vietnam following the landfall of Typhoon Noru, September 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Cuong / Tien Phong

People fix power lines in central Vietnam following the landfall of Typhoon Noru, September 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Cuong / Tien Phong

On Wednesday morning, scores of uprooted trees were recorded in Da Nang, according to the observations of Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporters.

Many roofs of houses were also seen lying on the streets.

Some residents began cleaning up areas around their homes even though the city was still affected by strong winds.

Officers remove an uprooted tree from a street in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: B.D. / Tien Phong

Officers remove an uprooted tree from a street in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: B.D. / Tien Phong

In Quang Nam, residents also reported uprooted trees and blown-away roofs following the landfall of Noru.

Multiple houses were submerged as serious floods hit the province’s Phu Ninh and Tay Giang Districts.

In north-central Quang Tri Province, nearly 1,400 people in Vinh O Commune were isolated after a bridge was swept away by floodwaters.

Officers remove an uprooted tree from a street in Da Nang City, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Cuong / Tien Phong

Officers remove an uprooted tree from a street in Da Nang City, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Cuong / Tien Phong

Authorities in north-central Thua Thien-Hue Province reported that more than 70 houses had their roofs blown away and eight others collapsed during the storm.

Noru and its circulation affected the power supply to about 1.2 million households in the central and Central Highlands regions, according to Vietnam Electricity (EVN).

Fishermen check their boats following the landfall of Typhoon Noru, September 28, 2022. Photo: Truong Trung / Tien Phong

Fishermen check their boats following the landfall of Typhoon Noru, September 28, 2022. Photo: Truong Trung / Tien Phong

A utility pole is broken due to strong gusts in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: B.D. / Tien Phong

A utility pole is broken due to strong gusts in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: B.D. / Tien Phong

A neighborhood is flooded in Phu Ninh District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Le Trung / Tien Phong

A neighborhood is flooded in Phu Ninh District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Le Trung / Tien Phong

A neighborhood is flooded in Phu Ninh District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Le Trung / Tien Phong

A neighborhood is flooded in Phu Ninh District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Le Trung / Tien Phong

A house is submerged in Tay Giang District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: P.L. / Tien Phong

A house is submerged in Tay Giang District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: P.L. / Tien Phong

A house has its roof blown away in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Van Linh / Tien Phong

A house has its roof blown away in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Van Linh / Tien Phong

A house has its roof blown away in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Van Linh / Tien Phong

A house has its roof blown away in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Van Linh / Tien Phong

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20220928/typhoon-noru-weakens-after-wreaking-havoc-in-central-vietnam/69294.html

Continue Reading

Society

Concurrence of rain, high tide causes misery on Ho Chi Minh City streets

Published

on

A rainstorm triggered by the circulation of Typhoon Noru coincided with high tide peaking on the Saigon River on Tuesday afternoon, submerging roads and stalling vehicles in Ho Chi Minh City.

The water level in canals across Ho Chi Minh City began to rise and flow into the streets at around 5:00 pm.

As a result, several streets in low-lying District 7 such as Tran Xuan Soan and Huynh Tan Phat were dozens of centimeters below water, impeding traffic.

An alley down Huynh Tan Phat Street is submerged under floodwaters in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2022. Photo: Tien Phong

An alley down Huynh Tan Phat Street is submerged under floodwaters in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2022. Photo: Tien Phong

Many commuters tried to wade through the inundated routes, while several others ended up with broken-down vehicles.

Local vendors also struggled as floodwaters submerged their stalls.

A woman displays her food stall on a flooded alley down Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2022. Photo: Tien Phong

A woman displays her food stall on a flooded alley down Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2022. Photo: Tien Phong

“This road has been flooded every tidal season for more than ten years,” said Le Thi Ly, a 56-year-old resident of Huynh Tan Phat Street.

“Every time floodwaters flow into our houses, we have no choice but to move furniture to higher positions to avoid damage. 

Floodwaters inundate a residence in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2022. Photo: Tien Phong

Floodwaters inundate a residence in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2022. Photo: Tien Phong

“I hope the local tidal sluice project will soon be operating so that we will be less miserable every high tide season.”

Ly, like many other local residents, had to use boards to keep water out of her house.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20220928/concurrence-of-rain-high-tide-causes-misery-on-ho-chi-minh-city-streets/69293.html

Continue Reading

Society

Vietnamese deputy foreign minister expelled from Party

Published

on

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung was expelled from the Party following his arrest over the allegations of receiving bribes during the organization of repatriation flights during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong chaired a meeting of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat on Tuesday to consider the disciplinary actions against Deputy Minister Dung and Nguyen Quang Linh, assistant to the permanent deputy prime minister.

The Secretariat stated that Dung lacked responsibility and violated the Party’s regulations and state’s laws in directing and organizing repatriation flights for Vietnamese citizens abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The deputy minister was also investigated and arrested on suspicion of bribery.

Meanwhile, Linh took advantage of his position, compromised working principles, and violated the Party’s regulations and the state’s laws during the selection of enterprises to organize repatriation flights during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Linh was apprehended later the same day on suspicion of receiving bribes during the organization of repatriation flights.

Nguyen Quang Linh, assistant of the permanent deputy prime minister, in this photo provided by officers

Nguyen Quang Linh, assistant to the permanent deputy prime minister, is seen in this photo provided by officers

The violations of Dung and Linh resulted in serious consequences and adversely affected the reputation of the Party organization.

The Secretariat thus decided to expel both Dung and Linh from the Party.

The arrests of Dung and Linh were part of a wider investigation where officials were accused of taking bribes from Vietnamese citizens abroad who wanted to return to the country when commercial flights were not available during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the Ministry of Public Security launched an investigation into the case in late January, a score have been prosecuted and detained, including many officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Transport, and former leaders and officials of the Immigration Department.

During a press meeting in June, investigators stated that the bribes were worth tens of billions of dong. (VND10 billion = US$421,100). 

Vietnam organized nearly 2,000 repatriation flights during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the spokesperson of the Ministry of Public Security.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20220928/vietnamese-deputy-foreign-minister-expelled-from-party/69291.html

Continue Reading

Trending