A 41-year-old woman from Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta's Soc Trang Province was taken to Can Tho General Hospital last Tuesday suffering from a bellyache.
After an examination, doctors from the hospital diagnosed the ailment as acute appendicitis. They told her relatives that she needed an appendectomy.
A day later, her relatives were stunned when doctors from the hospital's Department of Obstetrics told them that the woman had successfully undergone surgery to remove an ovary.
Four days later, a hospital spokesman said that at first, doctors wrongly diagnosed appendicitis, but the woman actually had inflamed ovaries. No problems really, except that they neglected to tell any of the relatives what was going on.
You take the high road!
Residents from 11 households in central Phu Yen Province's Son Long Commune now have to climb six metres up to their homes from a short stretch of road in front.
The road was once at the same level, but then a project began to upgrade the quality of local roads in April, 2010.
The local road is now well below the homes. The weird situation is comparable to birds' nests sitting in a tree.
Authorities are now thinking of building a high road to connect with the low road... or is it the other way around?
Quarantine for smugglers!
A recently built quarantine area for animals in northern Lang Son Province has been abandoned, wasting billions of dong that were invested in the project.
The province's Animal Quarantine Sub-department developed the three-hectare site in Tan My Commune in 2010. The VND20 billion (US$952,300) facility could hold up to 10,000 animals at a time.
Said to be the first of its kind in South-east Asia, the area was intended to isolate animals showing symptoms of infectious diseases. After being held for a certain time, they were exported, imported or culled depending on their condition.
Deputy head of the sub-department, Chu Nguyen Thach, said the area was abandoned because animal import-export activities between Viet Nam's Lang Son border gate and China's Quangxi Province had never been officially implemented. Moreover, according to current regulations, all smuggled poultry has to be destroyed.
To compound matters,Thach said the sub-department had to spend VND150 million ($7,140) a year to hire five workers to take care of the unused equipment.
One of them, Nguyen Thi Thu, said she had worked at the quarantine station for four years, but all she did was clean.
While waiting for the official implementation of import-export activities, Lang Son authorities have instructed the area's management board to use the area for smuggled animals.Waste not want not!
Off to the cleaners
A part-time cleaning lady turned up for a job inter
view and demanded two pairs of gloves - one pair for the bathroom and another for the kitchen.
She then wrote out a list of soaps and detergents she needed and, putting out her hand, said: "What about my salary?" demanding VND1.4 million in advance.
She did not get the job. — VNS