In just two weeks, six women died after going into labor across Vietnam. Four of the babies died as well. Families have accused doctors of negligence, incompetence and worse, while hospitals have claimed the women suffered unexpected complications during their deliveries. The cases are being investigated. It is understandable that the public is concerned, especially about the competence of doctors. They also wonder if there are more cases than those that have been reported? It is a pity that the Vietnamese health sector is yet to conduct any survey on this issue. The "latest" statistics have come from the United Nations Population Fund in 2007. According to the unofficial report, every day, seven women die due to pregnancy-related complications in Vietnam, and that the number could be higher because many cases might not be reported. In fact, whenever deadly complications happen, the most common response at obstetrics hospitals, including major ones in cities, is try to hide … [Read more...] about Maternity deaths and unanswered questions
Vietnamese movies have been leaked online before and bootleg recordings of films are not uncommon around the world, but the latest case just got a whole lot noisier following a police arrest and a producer angrily announcing plans to end her career. “Co Ba Saigon” (The Tailor) premiered last Friday and did well over the weekend, telling the story of a family holding on to its ao dai legacy in Saigon in 1969. The nostalgic movie had been highly anticipated but has been making headlines over the past couple of days for all the wrong reasons after a 19-year-old Vietnamese fan was arrested for live-streaming it on Monday afternoon. The production team said that the 30-minute stream from a cinema in Vung Tau Town near Saigon attracted more than 5,000 views on Facebook and caused losses worth at least VND300 million ($13,200), given average ticket prices of VND60,000. Producer Ngo Thanh Van has responded strongly to the infringement on Facebook. “I feel powerless about … [Read more...] about Vietnamese movie leak: A question of poor audience attitude or just a PR stunt?
The Times, which said it based the article on more than 50 interviews, quoted women who recounted episodes in which he treated women as sexual objects and made comments about their bodies. But some women said Trump had encouraged them in their careers and promoted them within his businesses, often in positions in which women tended to be excluded. When asked about the unflattering incidents described in the article, Trump either denied that they took place or disputed the details, the newspaper said. "A lot of things get made up over the years," Trump told the Times. "I have always treated women with great respect." A Trump representative did not immediately respond to a request by Reuters for comment. Barbara Res, who oversaw construction of Trump's Manhattan business headquarters, said he would sometimes interrupt meetings with comments about women's figures. During a job interview for a Los Angeles project, for example, Trump made a random aside about Southern California women. … [Read more...] about Trump has a history of questionable behavior with women -NY Times
What do you think about products made in your country? — Photo Vnexpress A Vietnamese tech firm launched the first domestically produced smartphone on May 26. Many Vietnamese are proud of the product, and foreign experts have lauded it as a great technical achievement. But some others who dislike all products made in Viet Nam have criticised the phone even before using it. What do you think about products made in your country? Do you objectively assess them, and buy them often? When rating a product, do you give it more points for being made in your country or are you stricter in your critique? What do you think about the importance of consumers' attitudes toward domestic products, especially in countries with young manufacturing industries like Viet Nam? Please reply by email to: [email protected], or by fax to (84-4) 3 933 2311. Letters can be sent to The Editor, Viet Nam News, 79 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ha Noi. Replies to next week's questions must be received by Thursday … [Read more...] about What is your attitude toward products made in your country?
Vietnam's four largest hospitals - Bach Mai, Viet Duc, Cancer, and Pediatrics - have signed a joint commitment to improve services, including the attitude of their staff towards patients, but changes will take time to be brought into action. Changes have been seen at these hospitals following the commitment. Doctors is examining a patient in Bach Mai General Hospital. Nguyen Minh Duc, from Ninh Binh Province, who came to Bach Mai General Hospital on July 15 to have a tumor on his neck reexamined, said he was surprised by the warm welcome of the staff. "Even the guard was more polite and helpful," Duc said. "Everywhere they say hello and ask if they could help. They seem different from my last time here a month ago." But Duc said the large number of patients and their many questions and problems still make the doctors and nurses tired and lose their tempers. At Bach Mai General Hospital on July 15, a large number of patients had to wait for ultrasounds and tests. Le Thi … [Read more...] about Overloading hinders attitude improvements of health workers
One of the smaller but startling cultural differences many foreigners encounter when coming to Vietnam is that it seems to be perfectly okay to ask a perfect stranger how much money they make. Many times the question comes very naturally right after somebody asks what your job is. At first, my immediate reaction to this question, which in most western countries would be considered impertinent, was to say, "None of your damned business." But it didn't take long to figure out that the majority of people asking meant no offense at all and did not see it as rude. Of course I'm glad that I figured that out - it probably saved some unnecessary hostility and misunderstandings. On the other hand, though, that knowledge leaves me with a dilemma every time somebody asks me how much I make. Still, I think it's not their business, but I also don't want to put on an attitude with somebody who meant no harm. As far as I can see, it leaves me with only one choice: to answer. How to … [Read more...] about The money question
Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and Minister of Trade and Industry Vu Huy Hoang answer queries in the Question-and-Answer session of the National Assembly Standing Committee. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Dan HA NOI (VNS) — The Government's handling of illegal trading, cross-border smuggling and unethical medical practices was critically examined by the National Assembly yesterday. Over two sessions, the National Assembly Standing Committee questioned the Minister of Trade and Industry and the Health Minister on several issues. They called for improved management of issues that raised public concern. During the morning session, Minister of Trade and Industry Vu Huy Hoang answered questions raised by National Assembly deputies on management of foreign traders, illegal minerals exports, electricity shortages and trucks transporting farm produce getting stuck for days at border gates. Deputies remarked that in some localities, foreign traders had entered … [Read more...] about NA questions trade management
Nguyen Huu Thanh is part of a social revolution. Like many other parents in Viet Nam, he and his wife have only given birth to daughters. What sets them apart from more traditional couples is that they don't despair the absence of a son in their family. Thankfully, Thanh and his wife are not alone. They are part of a growing club of parents taking pride in their daughters and challenging primitive social attitudes that value boys over girls. "I did not feel upset about not having a son,"he says. "I have two daughters and I am very proud. Being a parent in itself is the most amazing thing and I feel very lucky." The club, titled "Women Having Daughters and Good Parenting", is growing fast, showing an increasing change in attitudes towards having girls. However, in spite of this, the club's founders in HCM City are concerned they are battling centuries-old and culturally entrenched gender bias. Social harms Experts believe that traditional attitudes have led to a strong trend of social … [Read more...] about Parents embrace a change in attitude
This Week: Passengers should eat and drink heartily before going to an airport in Viet Nam. If not, they will be faced with extortionate prices, four to five times higher than normal. For instance, a bowl of instant noodles can cost VND60,000 (US$2.85), a hamburger VND180,000 ($8.6), a bowl of Pho VND200,000 ($9.5) or a glass of fruit juice VND100,000 ($4.7). This is commonplace throughout the country's airports including Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat and Cam Ranh. Passengers are not just unhappy with the rip off prices and poor quality food and drinks but also with other services at the airports, such as no seating in the check-in halls and unprofessional staff. More than 50 per cent of passengers included in an ongoing survey being conducted by Viet Nam's Civil Aviation Administration website said that they were unsatisfied with the services being offered by the country's airports. To improve this situation, the administration has asked all airports to strictly manage their services to … [Read more...] about More adventurous attitude needed to attract tourists
Recent research has revealed that the number of people having premarital sex in China has increased significantly in the past two decades, triggering a new round of debate on the country's marriage regulation and sex education. Survey results published last week by Insight China, a publication affiliated with Qiushi, or "Seeking Truth," the flagship magazine of the Communist Party of China, showed that 71.4 percent of respondents had had sex before marriage, an increase of 30 percent compared with 1994. Targeting participants from 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions across the country, the survey was conducted by Insight China in cooperation with Tsinghua University's Media Survey Lab. Following the unveiling of the magazine's research, the results of a similar survey by Sina Weibo, China's most popular Twitter-like micro-blogging service, were also startling. Reinforcing changing Chinese approaches to sex, 86.5 percent of its respondents claimed to have … [Read more...] about Premarital intercourse rising, sex education, regulation questioned