What’s the real cost of splashing the cash?


by Nguyen Thanh Ha Too many Vietnamese are over indulgent, spend too much on expensive cars, gadgets, holidays, wine, beer, karaoke, girlfriends and meals that often cost up to VND2-3 million per head. They include many businessmen living on borrowed money and borrowed time. But, all-in-all, the "me, me, me" disease also afflicts honest entrepreneurs and their, often, spoiled children. Even the children of the so-called working class love flaunting their VND10-15 million smart phones, fancy i-Pads and clothing bearing illustrious Western names. This is in direct contrast to the island-state of Singapore, whose Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, has called for his people, particularly youngsters, to improve their morals and behaviour and become the nicest people in the world. The British think-tank New Economics Foundation ranks Vietnamese as playboys because they are the "best" beer drinkers in Southeast Asia - and third in Asia after Japan and China. Despite the economic downturn, … [Read more...]

The tastes of life


Septuagenarian has been hawking a gourmet dish for more than 30 years 70-year-old Luu Van Hao and his bike which pulls a big glass case that is full of sauces, herbs, papayas and beef, ingredients to prepare a popular snack named nom bo kho (green papaya salad with lightly spiced marinated beef and mild mint) … [Read more...]

Over 60 million constituents go to the vote


Millions of voters got up early to cast their votes at voting precincts nationwide. Secretary General and National Assembly Chair, Nguyen Phu Trong said that the election scale was the largest ever in Vietnam. At 5.30 am, voting precincts in Si Ma Lai, in the northern mountain province of Lao Cai opened. A H'mong girl named Hoang Thi Din, 21, from Pho Cu hamlet, said: "We hope that elected National Assembly deputies will are not only interested in the country's great issues, but also the young generation in the mountain region". Sunday, May 22, is also the Si Ma Cai market day; so after casting their votes, constituents attended the Si Ma Cai market. In Hanoi, the election began at 6 am. At the voting precinct No. 3 in Nguyen Du Ward, Hai Ba Trung district; many elderly constituents performed their citizen rights very early. At 6.30 am, Party Secretary General, Nguyen Phu Trong appeared in the warmly welcome of constituents. Trong was among the first who cast their vote at this … [Read more...]

Chemicals, nutritional imbalance degrade Vietnamese people’s meals


Meals of Vietnamese people have been degraded by an imbalance in nutrition and chemicals used in production and processing. Thus, it has created hazards for their health, such as food poisoning, functional disorder and diseases. According to the Food Safety Unit under the Ministry of Health, 3,100 people across the nation suffered from food poisoning during the first seven months this year, and 19 of them died. Although the numbers have decreased in comparison to the same period of 2014, the issue has remained a worrisome concern of locals in recent years. On the other hand, the number of cancer patients seems to be on the increase. A survey in the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital showed that the number of cancer patients has increased year by year. In 2014, around 12,000 cancer patients were under treatment at the hospital. And within the January-July this year, the number surged to nearly 14,000 people. Farmers in the countryside admitted that they have two … [Read more...]

Experts urge better nutrition for Vietnamese children

About 2.1 million or 24.9 per cent of the Vietnamese children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition, according to statistics from the National Nutrition Institute. — Photo vietnamplus.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — About 2.1 million or 24.9 per cent of the Vietnamese children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition, according to statistics from the National Nutrition Institute. In addition, 1.2 million or 14.5 per cent of the country's children are underweight. That means one in every four Vietnamese children under the age of five suffers from malnutrition, while one in every six children is underweight. The statistics was announced by Dr Nguyen Thi Lam, deputy head of the National Nutrition Institute, at a workshop on the effect of probiotics on children's nutrition, immune and digestive systems. The workshop was held by the Institute of Medicine Application yesterday. Lam said malnutrition made children more vulnerable to diseases due to their weak immune systems. Malnourished children are also prone to iron-deficiency anemia, vitamin A and calcium deficiencies, leading to rickets and zinc deficiency. Parents should pay more attention to food consumed by … [Read more...]

Alive & Thrive project promotes breastfeeding in Vietnam


The Hanoitimes - On December 9, the Alive & Thrive project (A & T) has conducted review and share their experiences to reduce malnutrition of children in Vietnam by improving infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices. The project was implemented in Vietnam for the past 6 years, which has significantly contributed to the improvement in complementary feeding for children in the first 2 years of life. Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien confirmed that for the last 6 years A & T made Vietnam become a leading country in the fight against malnutrition of children. … [Read more...]

Dirty school bathrooms give HCM City students diarrhea


A teacher show her students how to wash their hands at Nguyen Binh Khiem Primary School in HCM City. Dirty toilets and bathrooms gave 40 per cent of HCM City students diarrhea, according to UNICEF Viet Nam. - VNA/VNS File Photo HCM CITY (VNS) - Dirty toilets and bathrooms gave 40 per cent of HCM City students diarrhea, according to UNICEF Viet Nam. Last month, the city's Health Department reported that 220 students at District 12's Nguyen Khuyen Elementary School were unable to go to school, as they suffered a digestion-related disease caused by unclean school toilets. Two children in the southern city died in July from a similar condition. The Ministry of Health reported 3,719 diarrhea cases in HCM City in the first six months of 2014 out of 301,570 nationwide in the first eight months. School bathrooms and toilets in urban areas of the city are often in poor condition due to the large number of students and teachers that use them, as well as the lack of soap and fresh water for … [Read more...]

Abbott committed to build healthier communities in Vietnam


Abbott's mission is to improve people's lives has once again been recognized by credible benchmark Dow Jones Sustainability Index. As a member of local community, Abbott has worked with partners to focus on improving nutrition, training health care staff, strengthening health systems, and expanding community education.Lead in economic and social performance Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), one of the most prestigious global benchmark for corporate responsibility and sustainability, has recognized Abbott as the leading company in Health Care Equipment & Services industry for the second consecutive year. Abbott is one of 24 companies chosen out of the 3,000 largest companies worldwide to be named as leader in their respective industries. This was also the 10th consecutive year that Abbott was recognized for sustainability leadership, through its inclusion on the DJSI, including both the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and North America Index. In the DJSI analysis, Abbott … [Read more...]

WHO calls on Vietnamese to reduce salt intake

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on Vietnam to take action against salt overuse in a bid to cut the number of people experiencing heart disease and stroke and save lives. The message was made on the occasion of World Heart Day (September 29). According to preliminary survey conducted by the National Nutrition Institute, Vietnam's average salt consumption among people aged 26-64 ranges from 12-15 grams per person per day, while the recommended level is less than 5 grams. Nearly 60 percent has a salt intake twice as high as the daily recommendation. … [Read more...]

Vietnam should cut salt intake for better health: WHO


Sixty percent of the Vietnamese population consume salt over two times as much as WHO's recommended level, so the country should take action against the abuse of salt to reduce deaths from heart diseases and stroke, the World Health Organization warned Monday. The warning was released yesterday, September 29, the World Heart Day. The WHO's recommended level is less than 5 g, or one teaspoon, while the average amount of salt intake in Vietnam is from 12-15 g per person aged 25-64 per day, the WHO said. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese people should reduce salt consumption


The Hanoitimes - On the occasion of World Heart Day (September 29), the World Health Organization (WHO) reminds Vietnamese citizens to curb salt use to prevent heart disease and stroke. According to the National Nutrition Institute, average salt consumption for Vietnamese aged 25-64 ranges from 12-15 grams per person each day, which exceeds the five gram daily limit recommended by the WHO. Nearly 60% of the country's population consumes twice the WHO recommended maximum limit. … [Read more...]

Vietnam urged to reduce salt consumption

(VOV) - On the occasion of World Heart Day (September 29), the World Health Organization (WHO) reminds Vietnamese citizens to curb salt use to prevent heart disease and stroke. According to the National Nutrition Institute, average salt consumption for Vietnamese aged 25-64 ranges from 12-15 grams per person each day, which exceeds the five gram daily limit recommended by the WHO. Nearly 60% of the country's population consumes twice the WHO recommended maximum limit. WHO warns the main cause of death in Vietnamis heart disease, which accounts for 33% of total deaths. WHO Chief Representative in Vietnam Jeffery Kobza, said the reduction of salt is one of the most effective measures to improve human health, decrease the risk of heart disease. … [Read more...]

Da Nang primary schools to apply standard menus

The representatives of National Nutrition Institute, Da Nang Education and Training Department and Ajinomoto Vietnam Co., Ltd. present standard menus to the representatives of primary schools in Danang city Da Nang's Department of Education and Training, the National Institute of Nutrition, and Ajinomoto Vietnam Company organized a conference to introduce the Menu book of the School Meal Project to local boarding primary schools on May 15. The project is hoped to improve school menus' nutrition values, making a contribution to raising the strength and height of students in the city. … [Read more...]

Child malnutrition treatment named top priority

Vietnam should give top priority to dealing with malnutrition among children - the country's future, experts advised at a seminar in the central city of Da Nang on April 16. Participants at the event, co-organised by the National Assembly Standing Committee's Institute for Legislative Studies and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), stressed the need to include nutrition examination and consultancy services and special treatment products in the list of things covered by health insurance. This will be the best measure to provide timely prevention and treatment to all malnourished children in Vietnam, easing burdens caused by the disease and bringing the rate of stunted children under the age of five down to below 23 percent by 2020, they said. Ass. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Lam, Deputy Director of the National Nutrition Institute, said that the revised Health Insurance Law should feature payments for nutrition examination and consultancy services and special treatment products for … [Read more...]

30% Vietnamese adults suffer from hypertension: heart institute


About 10 million Vietnamese aged 25-64 suffer from high blood pressure, which can cause dangerous complications, even leading to sudden death, health experts say. According to Dr. Do Doan Loi, deputy director of Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital and head of the Vietnam National Heart Institute, the number of people with hypertension in Vietnam has increased rapidly. In 1960, only 1 percent of the Vietnamese population suffered from hypertension, but the figure soared to 8-9 percent in 1990 and to 25.5 percent in 2008. Presently, about 10 million people aged 25-64 have high blood pressure, accounting for about 30 percent of Vietnamese adults, Dr. Loi said. Of these people, only one-third is aware of their condition and receives proper treatment. More salty food, less vegetables A diet of meat and salty foods and few vegetables, along with a stressful work and home life and not enough physical exercise, has contributed to the increase in the number of people suffering from … [Read more...]

Secret killer on the loose in Vietnam, doctors warn

A stroke patient is examined in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo courtesy of Tiep Thi & Gia Dinh Newspaper

Surveys have revealed an increase in bad cholesterol levels among the Vietnamese population, prompting doctors to call for increased awareness and alertness about the silent killer. Doctor Le Bach Mai, deputy head of the National Nutrition Institute, said it is very hard to recognize the first signs of high cholesterol, or cholesterol disorder, and the condition is thus named "the most silent killer." "It strikes us very secretly. Only when we feel fatigue and chest pains that we know we have developed myocardial infarction (or heart attacks)," Mai said in a report by news website VnExpress. "Thus, it's extremely important to proactively stay away from the condition." Excessive cholesterol forms plaques to narrow or block arteries, and thus cause fatal complications including cardiovascular diseases (CVD) which is the number one cause of death globally and causing one third of all deaths according to the World Health Organization. It is the cause of heart attacks, diabetes, high … [Read more...]

3.2 mln Vietnamese children suffer from malnutrition

Height and physical fitness are 20 percent dependent on genetic factors and 80 percent on nutrition, living environment, and exercise, the doctor said.

About 26.7 percent of Vietnamese children under five years old suffer from malnutrition, 16.2 percent of whom are underweight, while childhood obesity has increased by nine times over 10 years, National Institute of Nutrition has warned. The figures were released by the Institute's Media Center at a press conference held on Tuesday to introduce the launch of their "Week of Nutrition and Growth", which will last from October 16-23. According to the latest statistics, the total number of Vietnamese children under five years old who suffer from malnutrition is more than 3.2 million, accounting for 42.1 percent of the country's child population of 7.6 million, said the center's director, Dr Trinh Hong Son. Of the 3.2 million, more than 2 million suffer from chronic malnutrition: their growth is stunted and their bones undeveloped; the remainder have acute malnutrition, and are underweight. Currently, 17 provinces and cities in Vietnam are home to more than 20 percent of children … [Read more...]

Cash crunch weighs down on Vietnam’s plan to improve average height

The social affairs ministry has put off a US$10 billion program to increase the population's average height by providing free milk to school children at least until next year, citing the government's cut in public spending.

For the last several months officials from the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs have been discussing the "School milk" plan to provide fresh milk daily to 400,000 children at nurseries and primary schools in the country's 62 poorest districts. A ministry source told Tuoi Tre newspaper the plan, which was to have been submitted to the government at the end of this year for approval, would wait until the economy recovers. The government, whose finances are in the red, is cutting spending on many public programs. GDP growth fell to a 13-year low of 5.03 percent last year. The milk plan would rely largely on central funding since it is targeted at poor neighborhoods, the source said. Nguyen Trong An, deputy director of the ministry's Children Healthcare and Protection Department, said the plan would need dairy companies to pitch in by offering milk at reasonable prices. Children in kindergartens will be given 220 ml of milk daily and those in primary school, 180 ml. … [Read more...]