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Short supply of clean water puts 1m Vietnamese at risk Viet Nam News by jackie

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Short supply of clean water puts 1m Vietnamese at risk

 

Publication Date : 31-03-2015

The lack of clean water was affecting 1 million Vietnamese each year, the government’s portal chinhphu.vn reported from a conference held in Ha Noi last week.

The conference was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, who stressed on the need for tightening control over the quality of drinking and domestic-use water so that people were no longer afraid of being diagnosed with cancer or other diseases while using tap water.

Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said at the conference entitled, “Strengthening interdisciplinary and international collaboration for controlling drinking and domestic-use water quality,” that 80 per cent of urban citizens had access to the Health Ministry-acknowledged clean water.

“In rural areas, it is said that 85 per cent of the population has access to useable water but only 42 per cent get ministry-recognised clean water,” Long said.

His report, which was read out at the conference, also brought together international diplomats of countries and organisations that sponsor water supply projects in Viet Nam. The report indicated that about 250,000 people contract acute diarrhoea caused by use of contaminated water in the country annually.

“Over the last four years, some 6 million people have suffered from diseases due to the shortage of clean water,” Long said.

An inspection held nationwide last year found that 21.6 per cent of the larger-capacity water plants (more than 1,000 cubic meters/day-night) and 27.4 per cent of the smaller-capacity plants (less than 1,000 cubic metres) offered water of substandard quality, which was contaminated with micro-organisms, organic substances and higher-than-permissible heavy metal content.

Deputy PM Dam pointed out that it was necessary to identify the point at which tap water was getting contaminated, at the source, in storage tanks or in delivery pipes, citing the fact that water pipes in many cities had been in use for decades and could have decayed, which could be the cause for contamination of water.

He also ordered that checks be conducted to test tap water quality in each of these segments (in the entire flow of tap water) the results of which would be disclosed for a timely remedy.

The Deputy PM also affirmed that laboratories and testing centres for water quality across the country were completely capable of offering reliable water quality tests.

“What is needed is detailed guidance for them, not additional investment,” he said.

A diplomat from the Australian Embassy in Viet Nam shared a good practice from a project financed by Australia in Vinh Phuc Province, whereby locals were provided with water filters and were trained to develop the habit of taking a sample of domestic use water to a test centre every six months.

The project’s implication was so far-reaching that thousands of households near the project had followed suit, the diplomat said.

Meanwhile, representatives of the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children Fund suggested that authorities should conduct regular checks of water supply plants and pipes.

They also suggested the involvement of the private sector in checking water quality, as well as increasing the delivery of low-cost water-treatment equipment to households.

 

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Measles brought these kids to a state-run hospital in Hanoi, where their family members offer comfort.

Measles brought these kids to a state-run hospital in Hanoi, where their family members offer comfort.

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The number of measles cases from the outbreak linked to Disneyland has now risen to at least 98. But measles remains extremely rare in the United States.

The rest of the world hasn’t been so fortunate. Last year roughly 250,000 people came down with measles; more than half of them died.

Currently the Philippines is experiencing a major measles outbreak that sickened 57,000 people in 2014. China had twice that many cases, although they were more geographically spread out. Major outbreaks were also recorded in Angola, Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Measles causes an intense fever, coughing, watery eyes and a signature full-body rash. The disease is rarely fatal in developed nations with modern health care systems but can cause brain damage and permanent hearing loss.

Once the virus starts spreading among kids who haven’t been immunized, it’s very difficult to stop.

A Vietnamese boy is treated for measles in a state-run hospital in April 2014.

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Jakartans warned of rising
dengue fever

Agency head Kusmedi encouraged all people living in Jakarta to carry out the government’s 3M procedure: mengubur (bury), menguras (drain) and menutup (cover), referring to three ways to eliminate the standing stagnant water in which mosquitoes breed.

He also advised people to boost their immune system by eating nutritious food, so as to guard against any of the diseases that occur during the wet season.

“We recorded 265 dengue fever cases throughout January, with one dead patient. We now all need to stay alert because we are going to enter the peak of the rainy season,” he said as quoted by Antara news agency on Saturday.

The peak is predicted to fall between the end of this month and March.

According to the agency’s data, there were 865 dengue fever cases in January last year, the figure rising to 1,067 and 1,476 cases in February and March, respectively. (nfo)(+++)

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Kasetsart university is holding a “Kaset trade fair yearly” for those who likes community, handmade and agricultural products at Kasetsart University’s main hall, Bang Khen campus. This trade fair runs for 9 days from 30 Jan – 7 Feb 2015 Free Admission !!

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The fair features eight zones. Each zones have various different products from different places. If you are an animal lover, Zone A is yours! For those who like flowers, plants and gardening stuff there is this Zone B where you can enjoy seeing various kind of flowers. There are some other zones featuring consumer, agricultural, food court and OTOP products from all Thailand, also a good quality clothes from many brands.

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