Talk Around Town (28-10-2009) Many doctors fall behind the times by Hai Van The conventional wisdom is "You get what you pay for", but this does not apply when you seek medical treatment in Viet Nam. Medical care is one of the few services that does not offer customers any guarantees of satisfaction. If a doctor misdiagnoses an illness, writes the wrong prescription, or is just plainly incompetent, most patients simply find another doctor – as I would do. Two weeks ago, my younger brother came down with a high fever. My family immediately took him to see a doctor as swine flu and dengue fever are on everyone’s mind. The doctor said my brother had a virus and anticipated that the fever would go away within a few days. Two days later, his temperature still hovered around 40 degrees Celsius, so we decided to try another doctor. This time the young patient was diagnosed as having a throat inflammation and was prescribed a five-day course of antibiotics. Two days later he lost … [Read more...] about Many doctors fall behind the times
HCM City faces shortage of specialised doctors (29-02-2008) HCM CITY — The medical profession is facing a crisis as the city’s two medical universities continue to turn out an insufficient number of doctors, most of whom are lacking special training. Only about 200 doctors graduate a year, half the number necessary to fill the growing population’s hospitals. Worse, most of them are not qualified to work as specialists, said Dr.Pham Viet Thanh, director of Tu‘ Du Hospital. Existing medical curriculum trains students in general medical knowledge, making it hard for them to get work in specialised hospitals, said Thanh, adding that most hospitals have to retrain them. Director of Children’s Hospital I Dr.Tang Chi Thuong said that after graduating, students who did specialise often stayed at their university to become lecturers, exacerbating the demand for their skills in hospitals. In many countries, doctors have to go through a training period of seven to … [Read more...] about HCM City faces shortage of specialised doctors
Can Tho doctors remove 11-kg tumor from man’s stomach Doctors at the Can Tho General Hospital have succeeded in removing an 11-kilogram tumor from a 60-year-old man’s stomach. Dr. La Van Phu, head of surgery, said May 21 that Thieu Thanh Xuan of Binh Minh Town -- in the nearby province of Vinh Long -- was brought in on May 13, fatigued and with a distended stomach. A CT scan revealed the tumor that occupied his entire stomach. Doctors performed a three-hour surgery on May 21 to remove it. Xuan is now recovering. Officials blame poor working conditions for workers' hospitalisation Hundreds of workers lied on the floor of a local hospital. Health Ministry officials and health experts yesterday alleged that over 2,000 workers of two companies had been affected by high levels of organic solvents, leading to their hospitalisation. The incident happened in the northern Thanh Hoa City last Thursday and Monday. A team of inspectors from the ministry, led by head of the … [Read more...] about Can Tho doctors remove 11-kg tumor from man’s stomach
As U.S. public health officials try to determine whether Zika has arrived in the country, doctors are establishing guidelines on how to care for the rising number of babies whose mothers were infected with the virus during pregnancy. A mosquito is seen under a microscope at the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District in Santa Fe Springs, California, U.S., May 18, 2016. Florida said it is investigating two possible cases of Zika not related to travel to an area where Zika is active, raising the possibility of the first incidence of local transmission of the mosquito-borne virus. On Thursday, the Florida Department of Health said it was investigating a non travel-related case of Zika in Broward County, marking the second such case. Florida has asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assist in its investigation that must … [Read more...] about Doctors devise care plan for babies as Zika threat looms in U.S.
UNESCO has added doctoral steles from the Le and Mac Dynasties in Hanoi’s Temple of Literature to the Memory of the World Register after being recognised in March. The doctoral steles include 82 stone steles that contain names and information related to doctoral laureates who passed the imperial examinations during the reign of the two dynasties from 1442 to 1779. UNESCO's Memory of the World Program, also called UNESCO World Documentary Heritage, is an international initiative launched in 1992 to protect the documentary heritage of humanity against neglect, the ravages of time and climatic conditions, and willful and deliberate destruction. Around 238 world documentary heritages in numerous countries have been placed on the list. A world documentary heritage can be a single document, an audio cassette or even an animal skin that reflects the diversity of languages, people and cultures around the world. … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s doctoral steles recognised by UNESCO