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Traffic accidents soar over Lunar New Year

Update: January, 31/2012 - 08:36
About 22,660 people had health check-ups and treatment due to traffic accidents between January 22 and 27, accounting for 15.5 per cent of the total number of patients, according to a report released by the Ministry of Health.

Of that figure, there were 4,250 cases of traumatic brain injury due to traffic accidents, including 1,427 cases in which motorists failed to wear helmets, the report said.

More than 50,900 people were treated as emergency patients due to various kinds of accidents during the first six days of the Lunar New Year.

Nhan Dan (The People)

Travel agencies rake it in over long Tet

The number of both inbound and outbound tours soared over the nine-day Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, according to travel agencies. Major travel service companies such as Saigontourist, Vietravel, Fiditourist and Ben Thanh Tourist saw a 20-30 per cent increase compared with last year's Tet.

Saigontourist and Fiditourist offered inbound and outbound tours to 20,000 and 18,000 customers, respectively.

Cambodia, Thailand and South Korea had the highest number of bookings for foreign tours, the companies said.

Tuoi Tre (Youth)

1,000 corneal transplantations performed

Since 2007, the Eye Bank under the National Institute of Ophthalmology has received 1,050 corneas from donors, international charity organisations and eye injuries with intact corneas, according to Dr. Pham Ngoc Dong, director of the Eye Bank.

Over the period the institute operated nearly 1,000 corneal transplantations, helping restore vision to the blind. Around 600 patients are seeking corneal transplantation and at least one person registers for the operation every day.

Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)

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