VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES DECEMBER 9

Vietnam seeks consultation on COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5-11

The Health Ministry is holding negotiations with vaccine manufacturers and suppliers to secure vaccines for children of 5-11 years old, Deputy Health Minister Do Xuan Tuyen said. He affirmed that the country now has sufficient COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate people of age 18 and above and children aged 12-17, and booster shots for adults.

HCM City's ratio of health workers to 10,000 residents lowest in Vietnam

The ratio of medical workers to 10,000 residents in HCMC is only 2.31, the lowest in the country and much lower than the country’s average, at 7, said the director of the municipal Department of Health, Tang Chi Thuong.

He said the number of medical workers who resigned during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in the city had been high as they were exhausted after long months of hard work and their incomes were lower than expected, the local media reported.

The Department of Health has proposed many solutions to the municipal government to retain medical workers. Specifically, the city should support medical workers with VND4-6 million each per month. Since 2015, the city has supported them, but the support has been modest, at below VND1 million per month.

HCMC delays in-person instruction for 1st graders

The HCMC government decided on December 8 to shelve a plan to allow first-graders and five-year-old kindergarten children to return to school, citing their parents’ concerns over the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
The decision was made following the municipal Department of Education and Training’s proposal, the local media reported.

Earlier, the city had a plan to allow first, ninth and 12th graders to return to in-person classes from December 13 and five-year-old children a week later. However, only ninth and 12th graders of schools meeting Covid safety requirements and approved by the anti-Covid steering committees of Thu Duc City and districts will attend in-person classes from December 13.

Lao top legislator wraps up official visit to Vietnam

President of the Lao National Assembly Xaysomphone Phomvihane left Hanoi on December 8 afternoon, successfully concluding his official visit to Vietnam from December 6-8 at the invitation of NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue.

Within the visit's framework, the two countries’ top legislators held talks, witnessed the handover of medical equipment worth US$1.1 billion granted by the Vietnamese NA to its Lao counterpart, and co-chaired a seminar on exchanging experience between the two legislative bodies.

He paid courtesy visits to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and met with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Do Van Chien, among others.

VN firm wins World Architecture Festival Award

Sky House by MIA Design Studio

‘Sky House’, a construction designed by MIA Design Studio, has been named as the winner of the House & Villa (Urban/ Suburban) category at the World Architecture Festival (WAF).

Amid an urban context the Sky House location is characterised by numerous skyscrapers that surround the building and have been developed close together. This therefore creates an uncomfortable scale between people and buildings, whilst also presenting difficulties when trying to design an "open" and "airy" project.

The WAF is a three-day event specifically for architects and interior design professionals, with the global architecture community meeting at the event to learn, exchange, and be inspired.

Vietnam, RoK enhance strategic cooperation in meteorology

The Vietnam Meteorological and Hydrological Administration (VNMHA) and the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) sought to enhance strategic cooperation between the two countries in meteorology during their 6th bilateral meeting held via videoconference on December 7.

During the meeting, the two sides reviewed cooperation between 2018 and 2020 and chalked out plans for the 2021 - 2023 period. They also discussed their future cooperation in weather radar; weather forecast and satellites; climate disaster response; marine meteorological services and AI-based weather services.

They later renewed their Memorandum of Understanding and agreed to hold the 7th bilateral meeting in Vietnam in the next two years.

HCM City to have plan to reduce COVID deaths

HCMC will launch a campaign to protect the health of people aged over 65 and those with underlying health conditions to minimize new Covid infections and fatalities. The first phase of the campaign will start from December 7 to 31. The city will then review the outcome of the first phase before implementing the next phase in 2022, reported the local media.

In this campaign, the city will make a list of families with people aged over 65 and those with underlying health conditions to test, vaccinate and provide them with care and treatment if they are found infected with Covid to reduce severe illness and death.

Each person will undergo a Covid test twice. If their first test is negative, they will be retested three days later. The testing drive is scheduled to end before December 18.

Vietnam commits to reducing child obesity and stunted growth

Vietnam has committed to reducing stunted growth among children under-five and to control obesity among all children, at the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit 2021. Hosted by the Government of Japan, the summit was held virtually in Tokyo, Japan, on December 7 and 8, with the participation of delegates from over 100 countries.

Vietnam and many countries in the world have faced a triple burden of nutrition, overweight children, and micronutrient deficiencies. The country’s stunting rate among children under 5 was at 19.6 per cent, while the obesity rate was 19 per cent by the end of 2020, according to the National General Nutrition Survey for 2019-20.

Over 14,500 new Covid-19 infections recorded on Dec. 8

The Health Ministry confirmed the detection of 14,599 new COVID-19 cases on December 8, an increase of 760 cases compared to the previous day, thereby pushing the overall tally during the ongoing wave to 1,349,270.

Among the latest infections, four cases were imported, with the rest being local transmissions. As a result, a total of 8,322 new transmissions were detected among the community. The country’s COVID-19 death toll  now stands at 26,930, or 2% of total cases.

22 players named in Vietnamese men’s futsal team for SEA Games

Head coach Pham Minh Giang has called up 22 footballers for a training camp ahead of the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games which Vietnam is due to host in May next year. The players in the squad are aged between 18 and 23, with all of the players having put in a range of impressive performances at the National Futsal HDBank Championship 2021.

The national futsal team will participate in a training camp between December 9 and December 23 in Ho Chi Minh City as they get preparations underway ahead of the 31st SEA Games in May, 2022.

Vietnam affirms consistent viewpoint on Golan Heights situation

Minister Counsellor Nguyen Phuong Tra, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), affirmed Vietnam’s consistent standpoint on the situation in the Golan Heights during a consultation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on December 8.

She voiced her concern over the vulnerable security situation and risks of escalating tensions amid violations of the Disengagement of Forces Agreement.

Vietnam called on stakeholders to restrain and respect the UN Charter, UNSC Resolution and relevant agreements so as to ensure peace and stability in the Golan Heights in particular and the region at large.

Enhanced cold spell to bring rains to northern Vietnam

Rains are expected in some parts of the north of Vietnam on December 9, with the delta and coastal areas likely to see scattered light rainfall, as a result of a strengthened cold spell. Areas from north-central Thanh Hoa to south-central Khanh Hoa provinces are forecast to be struck by torrential rains and thunderstorms caused by high winds from the East.

The cold spell has gripped the Northeastern and North-central regions since early morning of the day, lowering the temperature to 13 – 16 degrees Celsius. Temperatures can even drop to below 10 degrees Celsius in mountainous areas.

Vietnam, China share poverty reduction experience

 

A webinar discussing Vietnam and China’s poverty reduction experience was held on December 8. The event was co-hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and some localities of Vietnam, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam and authorities of China's Yunnan province.

At the event, both sides shared the view that poverty reduction should be one of the key, basic and long-term tasks of every action programme, especially amid the complicated and prolonged developments of the pandemic.

10,000 families of workers to celebrate Lunar New Year in HCM City

As many as 10,000 households of outstanding trade union members and workers in Ho Chi Minh City will celebrate Lunar New Year festival at Dam Sen Cultural Park, District 11 from January 29 to February 6, 2022, except January 31, said Vice President of the municipal Labour Federation Pham Chi Tam on December 8.

Each family will receive an entrance ticket, a voucher to play over 30 games at the park and four dish portions for lunch or dinner, and enjoy music performances there. Tam said the activity is also meant to recognise their contributions to production and socio-economic development.

Ethnic women, children most vulnerable group in Vietnam SDG indicators: Survey

Ethnic minority women and children, especially the Mong and Khmer, are the most vulnerable group in terms of the United Nations' sustainable development goals, according to a survey measuring Vietnam Sustainable Development Goal indicators on Children and Women (SDGCW) 2020-2021. The survey was conducted by the General Statistics Office (GSO) in collaboration with concerned government ministries and agencies. 

The Vietnam SDGCW survey 2020-2021 generated data for 169 indicators, of which 35 are national SDG indicators, making it a key source of data for monitoring the country’s progress towards achieving the SDGs and its national targets.

Hanoi house linked with President Ho Chi Minh listed as national relic site

A house in Hanoi’s Tay Ho district where President Ho Chi Minh lived and worked from August 23 to 25, 1945 has been recognised as a national historical relic site by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The house of Nguyen Thi An, located in Phu Thuong ward of Tay Ho district, was the first stop of President Ho Chi Minh on his trip from the Viet Bac resistance base back to Hanoi from August 23, 1945 to read the Declaration of Independence marking the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, on September 2 the same year.

This area was part of the Party Central Committee’s revolutionary base from 1941 to 1945. Local residents supported and protected many senior Party officials such as Truong Chinh, Hoang Van Thu, Le Duc Tho, and Hoang Tung.

National conference looks into Party building, rectification

The Politburo on December 9 held a national conference on the implementation of the Party Central Committee's conclusion and regulation on Party building and rectification.

The conclusion emphasised the resolve to prevent and drive back degradation in ideology, morality and lifestyle, and the phenomena of “self-evolution” and “self-transformation” within the Party, and strictly handle officials and Party members who commit violations.

A new regulation on things that Party members are not allowed to do has also been issued. The conference is set to disseminate major contents of the fourth plenum of the 13th Party Central Committee and the implementation plan, in order to create high consensus in both awareness and action in the entire Party.

Vietnamese cultural event to be held in Dubai

Miss Vietnam Universe 2017 H’Hen Nie and 100 other Vietnamese artists will promote Vietnamese culture at the World Expo 2020 Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The artists, who are from the Vietnam Circus Federation, Vietnam National Music Song and Dance Theatre, Bac Ninh folk song and Central Highlands Gong troupes will perform at Vietnam’s brocade fashion show entitled The Eternal Flow at the expo scheduled to take place on December 30.Miss Vietnam Universe 2017 H’Hen Nie has been selected as the icon of The Eternal Flow show.

The show aims to feature the overall picture of a colourful Vietnam featuring the cultural characteristics of the country’s 54 ethnic groups.

Students, workers to be given tickets of trains, buses, flights for Tet holiday

Through the “Bringing Tet home in 2022” program, 3,290 round-trip tickets of trains, coaches and flights along with Tet gift bags will be given to students and workers with difficult circumstances affected by the Covid-19 pandemic who are living, studying and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai and Binh Duong provinces having demand of returning home for Tet holiday.

Vietnam highlights trust building in settling chemical weapon issue in Sysia

Ambassador Pham Hai Anh, Chargé d’affaires a.i. of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), has highlighted the importance of building trust in solving the chemical weapon issue in Syria.

Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on the implementation of Resolution 2118 (2013) regarding the settlement of Syria’s chemical weapon issue on December 8, he underlined the need to fully comply with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as well as enhancing international cooperation and support for this goal.

In order to completely solve the chemical weapon-related issue in Syria, the ambassador said it is necessary to build trust and strengthen constructive and non-politicised cooperation between relevant parties and in the international community.

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