What’s the real cost of splashing the cash?

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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

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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 … [Read more...]

Over 60 million constituents go to the vote

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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...]

Social News 24/5

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One more Tan Son Nhat airport bus service launched Southern Airport Transportation Joint Stock Company (SATSCO) on May 19 launched Bus Route No. 49 using high-quality automobiles to shuttle passengers between Tan Son Nhat airport and downtown HCMC. Buses ply SATSCO's second such route from 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and depart from the airport and the downtown every 15 to 30 minutes. The traveling time of the new shuttle bus service is 30 to 40 minutes, and fares cost VND40,000 per passenger. Yellow buses of the new route will stop at major hotels, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the HCMC Opera House in the center of the city, instead of using public bus stops. SATSCO is working on a plan to develop more five-star bus services with free wifi and staff able to communicate in English. Two months ago, the company put into serve Bus Route No. 109 linking the airport and the downtown. The company expected the two bus routes will help reduce traffic congestion on the streets leading to Tan … [Read more...]

Vietnam launches nutrition days 2016

The National Nutrition Institute under the Ministry of Health yesterday launched nutrition days themed " People should use food having nutritional supplements necessary for brain growth, health and life quality" in the northern province of Ha Nam. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said that supplementing nutrition for kids is necessary to protect them as nutrition plays an important role in kids’ growth. Lacking nutrition will badly affect a kid’s brain and height growth and immunodeficiency. Realizing the important role of vitamin A, the program to supplement the vitamin for kid is implemented annually; subsequently, over 5 million kids below five year old are given the vitamin. Accordingly, Vietnam eliminated blindness caused by lack of vitamin A amongst kids. Deputy Health Minister Long stressed that the ceremony is a part of activities in response to the 2016 action month for children which will take place from June 1-30. … [Read more...]

Three batches of soft drinks with high level of lead removed from market

URC's products include the lemon green tea C2 and the strawberry energy drink Rong Do (Red Dragon) (Photo: SGGP)

The inspection team of the Ministry of Health has decided to withdraw three batches of products of URC Vietnam in Thach That-Quoc Oai Industrial Park in Hanoi from market because the products have high level of lead, said Deputy Chief Inspectorate Nguyen Van Nhien of the ministry in last weekend The decision was based on current regulations and the latest tests conducted by the National Nutrition Institute. The unsafe products are lemon green tea C2 and the strawberry energy drink Rong Do (Red Dragon) produced by URC Vietnam. The batches of the lemon green tea C2 produced on February 4, 2016 and expiring on February 4, 2017 have lead content of 0.085 mg/l while the company announced the lead level in the products is less than or equal to 0.05 mg/l. The strawberry energy drink Rong Do (Red Dragon) manufactured on February 19, 2016 with November 19, 2016 has the content of lead of 0.053 mg/l yet as per the company’s announcement it is less than or equal to 0.05 mg/l. Another … [Read more...]

Half of Vietnamese kids not eat enough sufficient nutrition

Half of Vietnamese kids do not eat enough sufficient and well-balance nutrition reported the National Nutrition Institute under the Ministry of Health at a scientific seminar "Nutrition problems and solutions to improve kids’ weight, height" held on May 12 in Hanoi. Deputy Head of the National Nutrition Institute Dr. Le Bach Mai said that the latest studies of nutrition for kids in Southeast Asian nations showed that up to half of Vietnamese children are not fed sufficient and well-balanced nutrition and vitamins including vitamins A, B1, C, D and iron for their brain and height growth. Of 2,880 kids partaking in the studies, up to 77 percent of urban children are not sufficiently supplied vitamin A while up to 90 percent of children in countryside district are not sufficiently supplied the vitamin; the rate of children in towns and in rural districts lack vitamin B is 44 percent and 69 percent respectively; and the rate of them lack vitamin C is 51 percent and 64 percent … [Read more...]

Chemicals, nutritional imbalance degrade Vietnamese people’s meals

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]