Dr. Kidong Park Polluted air is harmful to people’s health. Exposure to high concentration of particulate matters (PM), in particular micro particles with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5), increases the risk of air pollution-related diseases, including acute lower respiratory infections, stroke, heart attack, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. Excessive ozone in the air can have a marked effect on human health. It can cause breathing problems, trigger asthma, reduce lung function and lead to lung diseases. Exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) aggravates symptoms of bronchitis in asthmatic children. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) can affect the respiratory system and the functions of the lungs, and causes irritation of the eyes. The WHO air quality guidelines are based on expert evaluation of current scientific evidence and are applied worldwide. Unfortunately, 91 percent of the world population is living in places where the air quality based on WHO guidelines … [Read more...] about Time to take bolder actions for clean air and people’s health
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The fair will be held from Friday to Sunday of the last week of each month at the Ha Long Big C commercial centre in Ha Long City. The event will feature 35 booths run by local firms, cooperatives and units involved in the OCOP program, highlighting products already recognized by the program. Monthly fairs for agricultural products under the One Commune, One Product (OCOP) program will be organised in Quang Ninh this year. Photo: halongtourism.com.vn The provincial People’s Committee said the move aims at increasing recognition of local products among residents in the province and visitors, thus assisting with the development of the program. The OCOP program was initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2008. Quang Ninh was the first locality nationwide to implement the project from 2013. Concluding the first stage from 2013-2016, Quang Ninh developed 210 OCOP products, including 99 meeting 3-5 star standards. More than 180 economic … [Read more...] about Quang Ninh plans One Commune, One Product fairs
Canadian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Kyle Nunas (L) and Vice Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Committee Vo Thi Hong Anh (Photo: VNA) Can Tho (VNA) – Canadian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Kyle Nunas and authorities of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on December 9 committed to bolstering bilateral cooperation in various areas, especially agriculture, health care and environment. During a working session in the city, Vice Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Committee Vo Thi Hong Anh said it is developing high-tech, eco-friendly and sustainable agriculture, as well as high-quality health care, which are also Canada’s strengths. She added that the city calls on foreign investors to provide modern equipment for a local cardiovascular hospital project. According to her, Can Tho also plans to establish a disease control centre to improve forecast and prevention of diseases for local residents. Nunas, for his part, said Canada is … [Read more...] about Canada vows to help Can Tho in agriculture, health care, environment
Luong Van Lam "In the whole human relation there is no slavery or torture so horrible as coerced, unwilling motherhood," wrote women’s rights campaigner Marie Stopes in her 1918 book "Married Love." This remains very relevant in Vietnam even today. I met Phuong, 21, a student, when I was doing interviews with unmarried women on birth control methods last year. The quiet, reserved young woman told me she and her boyfriend had been together for almost two years and that they had had sex "a couple of times." "We mostly didn't plan any of those. Sometimes we used condoms, sometimes we didn't." She said she hadn't thought she could get pregnant that easily since they "didn't have sex that regularly." "If I don't know about something, I'd just Google it," she said when I asked her how she learned about birth control methods. Her parents never had "the talk" with her about safe sex and other related topics. And like many other women I have interviewed, Phuong could not recall much … [Read more...] about Lack of sex education taking its toll in Vietnam
Duc Hoang The most potent weapon of a consumer is to stop consuming. How do we then answer the question: "If we don't use their water, who else will provide it to us?" My family was among those troubled recently over the fact that our son's school was located just one kilometer from the burnt Rang Dong light bulb warehouse (that leaked 15-27 kilos of mercury into the air). Now we've got a new one: polluted tap water and the difficulty in getting bottled water. Since my family and I are not the only ones severely affected by this, since there are millions of us, one would expect the company responsible for the crisis to be hit hard by it too. However, the stocks of Song Da Water Investment Joint Stock Company (code: VCW) on the Unlisted Public Company Market (UPCoM) still went up on Tuesday. There was no chain reaction following a public crisis like what one would see in a movie, where a negative news about a company spreads and causes its stock to spiral … [Read more...] about How can Vietnamese people manage a water supply monopoly?