By Thanh An – Translated by Kim Khanh
By Thanh An – Translated by Kim Khanh
Covid-19 case shuts down major university hospital in HCMC
The Saigon Times
|A woman has her temperature checked at the HCMC University of Medicine and Pharmacy. The hospital has temporarily stopped receiving patients after detecting a Covid-19 case – PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – The University Medical Center – a major hospital under the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in HCMC – has closed after a nurse of its neurology department tested positive for Covid-19.
The nurse’s husband has also been found to have the coronavirus after developing symptoms such as cough and fever.
The husband earlier visited the hospital for medical examination after he had experienced fever and cough. As an anti-Covid-19 protocol, hospital staff conducted a screening test and found he was positive for the coronavirus. He was then whisked to the Cu Chi Covid-19 Treatment Hospital in the city’s outlying district of the same name.
The hospital concurrently tested the man’s wife and all her colleagues in the neurology department, together with patients and caregivers in the department. The nurse tested positive and was then sent to the Can Gio Covid-19 Treatment Hospital for treatment in the city’s outlying coastal district of the same name.
The nurse, who got the first Covid-19 vaccine shot on May 5, has a low viral load, reported the Vietnam News Agency.
Around 3,621 samples had been collected from people who work at the neurology department or who came into close contact with the nurse. The results have come back negative.
The HCMC University of Medicine and Pharmacy has also taken samples from 510 inpatients for Covid-19 tests.
The hospital has locked down the neurology department and stopped receiving patients.
Officials from the HCMC Pasteur Institute and the HCMC Center for Disease Control visited the hospital for a further epidemiological investigation.
The HCMC University of Medicine and Pharmacy receives 5,000-6,000 people who come for medical treatment and examination a day.
Nguyen Van Thai, 39, is the director and founder of non-profit Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW), which helped rescue 1,540 pangolins from the illegal wildlife trade just between 2014 and 2020.
Thai also established Vietnam’s first anti-poaching unit, which has since 2018 destroyed 9,701 animal traps, dismantled 775 illegal camps, confiscated 78 guns, and arrested 558 poachers, leading to a significant decline in illegal activities at the Pu Mat National Park in the central Nghe An Province.
Instituted in 1989 the Goldman Environmental Prize, known as the ‘Green Nobel,’ seeks to “honor grassroots environmental heroes by recognizing individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk.”
Thai said he was “surprised” to be a recipient of the prize.
“I am very proud as all efforts in wildlife conservation have been recognized, not only in Vietnam, but around the world.”
Thai is the second Vietnamese to win the award after Nguy Thi Khanh, director of Green Innovation and Development Center, who received it in 2018 for doing research that prompted government agencies to take up long-term sustainable projects that have helped reduce dependence on coal.
Pangolins are considered the world’s most heavily trafficked mammal despite an international ban on their trading, reportedly accounting for as much as 20 percent of all illegal wildlife trade as heavy demand for their meat, scales and blood threatens them with extinction.
All eight pangolin species across the world are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.
The animal is hunted in Vietnam and neighboring countries for its meat and the alleged medicinal properties of its scales.
An investigation last year by the Netherlands-based Wildlife Justice Commission found that in both 2018 and 2019 more than 500 kilograms of shipments each were seized at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi and five ports in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hai Phong, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
The Goldman Environmental Prize is given to six people each year from Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands and Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America.
This year the other five recipients are all women. Gloria Majiga-Kamoto of Malawi has fought the plastics industry and galvanized a movement in support of a national ban on thin plastics.
Kimiko Hirata of Japan has led a campaign that resulted in the cancellation of 13 coal power plants.
Maida Bilal of Bosnia and Herzegovina fought to cancel two proposed dams on the Kruščica River in 2018.
Sharon Lavigne of the U.S. successfully stopped the construction of a $1.25-billion plastics manufacturing plant alongside the Mississippi River in Louisiana.
Liz Chicaje Churay of Peru has fought to create the Yaguas National Park, of which size can be compared as more than two million acres of Amazonian rainforests.
Each of them receives a $200,000 cash prize aside from a bronze sculpture called the Ouroboros, which depicts a serpent biting its tail, a symbol of nature’s power of renewal.
Vietnam records 176 new Covid-19 cases this afternoon
The Saigon Times
|The Military Command of Hanoi’s Thach That District presents Covid-19 leaflets to people at the centralized quarantine center at the Vietnam National University -Hanoi. Vietnam has recorded another 176 Covid-19 patients this afternoon – PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – The Ministry of Health this afternoon, June 16, reported 176 new Covid-19 cases, with 174 of them locally infected in five localities and two imported into Tay Ninh Province.
Among the local cases, 128 were recorded in Bac Giang, 35 in HCMC, eight in Bac Ninh, two in Ha Tinh and one in Nghe An.
Six cases in HCMC were linked to the HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases infection cluster and 29 others came into close contact with earlier confirmed cases.
As for the case in Nghe An Province, who is a bank employee in Vinh City, the source of his infection remains unknown.
The Vinh City and Cua Dong general hospitals, which the man had visited, have stopped receiving outpatients. All employees of the two hospitals have also been tested.
Duong Dinh Chinh, director of the Nghe An Department of Health, said it had accelerated the tracing and testing of those in close contact with the man, the second Covid-19 case in Vinh.
On June 9, he came to the Vinh City General Hospital for a medical checkup. After making a health declaration, he entered the hospital as he neither showed Covid-19 symptoms nor visited pandemic-hit areas earlier.
Two days later, he visited the Cua Dong General Hospital and underwent a Covid-19 test. The result came back positive.
In related news, as a worker of a company in the Amata Industrial Park in Dong Nai Province tested positive for Covid-19, the municipal government today approved the Dong Nai Industrial Zones Authority’s proposal to ask three enterprises to arrange for their workers to stay at the factories after work.
The three enterprises are Ocean Coatings Vietnam Co., Ltd in the Long Thanh Industrial Park in Long Thanh District, Shinpoong Daewoo Vietnam Pharm Co., Ltd in the Bien Hoa 2 Industrial Park in Bien Hoa City, and the Dong Nai Branch of GreenFeed JSC in the Song May Industrial Park in Trang Bom District.
These enterprises have a large number of employees each.
The arrangement of workers to stay at the factories must be agreed by the workers and the enterprises’ labor unions.
The province also asked these enterprises to coordinate with the healthcare sector to conduct Covid-19 tests for employees and only those with the negative result will be arranged to stay at the factories. The enterprises must pay for the testing costs.
Moreover, 61 direct contacts of the patient in the Amata Industrial Park have tested negative once.
The forecast enhances the expectation that 5G will become the fastest adopted mobile generation. About 3.5 billion 5G subscriptions and 60 percent coverage of 5G population are forecast by the end of 2026.
However, the pace of adoption varies widely by region. Europe is off to a slower start and has continued to fall far behind China, the US, the Republic of Korea, Japan and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) markets in the pace of 5G deployments.
5G is expected to surpass a billion subscriptions two years ahead of the 4G LTE timeline for the same milestone. Key factors behind that include China’s earlier commitment to 5G and the earlier availability and increasing affordability of commercial 5G devices. More than 300 5G smartphone models have already been announced or launched commercially.
This commercial 5G momentum is expected to continue in coming years, spurred by the enhanced role of connectivity as a key component of post-COVID-19 economic recovery.
North East Asia is expected to account for the largest share of 5G subscriptions by 2026, with an estimated 1.4 billion 5G subscriptions. While North American and GCC markets are expected to account for the highest 5G subscription penetration, with 5G mobile subscriptions comprising 84 percent and 73 percent of all regional mobile subscriptions respectively.
Mobile subscriptions in the South east Asia and Oceania region have now exceeded 1.1 billion, with 5G subscriptions being just below the 2 million mark. 5G subscriptions are expected to grow strongly over the next few years with a forecast total of about 400 million by 2026. South East Asia and Oceania region will also see data traffic per smartphone growing at the fastest rate globally, reaching 39GB/month by 2026 – a CAGR of 36 percent. Total mobile data traffic will grow accordingly, with a CAGR of 42 percent, reaching 39EB/month driven by continued growth in 4G subscriptions and 5G uptake in those markets where 5G has already been launched.
Denis Brunetti, Head of Ericsson Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos says, “Mobile technology has been at the centre of Vietnam’s rapid digital transformation and inclusive GDP growth journey. As critical national infrastructure, 5G will undoubtedly be the enabling platform for the government of Vietnam’s vision of leveraging science, technology, and innovation in driving and creating the next wave of inclusive and sustainable socioeconomic development in Vietnam. 5G mobile network capabilities will play a pivotal role in achieving the government’s digital transformation program by supporting an accelerated adoption of Industry 4.0 across the nation.”
|5G remains on track to become the fastest adopted mobile generation in history with subscriptions increasing at a rate of about a million per day. 5G subscriptions with a 5G-capable device grew by 70 million during the first quarter of 2021 and are forecast to reach 580 million by the end of 2021. South East Asia and Oceania region will see data traffic per smartphone growing at the fastest rate globally by 2026.|
The digital platform has successfully supported people with disabilities in nine provinces and cities across Vietnam.
Comprehensive, accurate, and secured are the keywords that can describe a digital platform, which now can also be accessed via smartphones, for registry and information management for people with disabilities (PwD), launched on June 15 in Vietnam.
The platform is part of the South Korea-Vietnam Mine Action Project and jointly supported by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Vietnam National Mine Action Center (VNMAC), and the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA).
The platform is entirely WEB-based, and the data is centrally stored and managed. With 70% of Vietnamese people owning smartphones, the new applications were developed specifically for such devices, thus enhancing the access to services for the population.
The application is currently being upgraded with additional support functions to further assist persons with disabilities during registration. Information registered in the database will be kept confidential.
UNDP Resident Representative Caitlin Wiesen visits students with disabilities in Vietnam’s central province of Ha Tinh. Photo: Manh Hung
UNDP Resident Representative Caitlin Wiesen emphasized the importance of promoting innovative solutions to solve issues for persons with disabilities, who are among the most vulnerable population groups in society and have been disproportionally affected by Covid-19.
“The UNDP rapid assessment of socio-economic impacts of Covid-19 on PwD showed that 24% of the respondents did not have a disability certificate, which limited their ability to access the services and assistance they need,” Caitlin Wiesen stressed.
“The availability of this application for registration and case management of persons with disabilities is a commendable initiative contributing to the greater goal of Vietnam to make society more inclusive for persons with disability,” said Cho Han-Deog, country director of KOICA Vietnam Office.
“We will promote these applications widely, while at the same time continue developing the skills of social workers enabling them to meet the needs of those they serve,” said Nguyen Van Hoi, Vice Minister of MoLISA.
The digital platform has been successfully tested in nine provinces and cities (Quang Binh, Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa, Quang Ninh, Hue, Danang, Quang Nam, and Vinh Long), with 90,000 persons with disabilities having already agreed to be registered.
It is this experience that has helped make the online platform ready for use throughout Vietnam, and this has become easier with the launch of mobile applications using either iOS or Android operating systems.
“With this application, I can update and access data anytime, anywhere I want. When logging into this application, I can register my information on my disability level with the local authority. For people with impairments in remote areas, using this application saves them from traveling and enables them to update their needs, and receive appropriate support from the government and different projects,” said Cao Ngoc Hung, javelin athlete, Vietnam Paralympic Association.
An estimated that over six million persons (7% of the population) in Vietnam are living with a disability. This digital platform will help persons with disabilities, including survivors from accidents caused by mines and explosive remnants of war, to conveniently provide and access data about their disability; print a disability certificate and thereby receive government assistance; and communicate other needs the individual might have to relevant authorities.