There has been a significant increase in the number of families having a third child this year, the year of the Dragon, according to the Ha Noi Department of Population and Family Planning.
More than 18,600 children were born in the first three months of the year in the capital city, a year-on-year increase of 2,780 babies. As many as 1,456 of these were third children, 309 higher than the corresponding period last year, accounting for 7.28 per cent of the new infants.
The Ministry of Health said the number of women giving birth to their third child was expected to increase in the remaining months of the year because of the Year of the Dragon has been considered especially auspicious to have children.
Tin Tuc (News)
Festival promotes environmentally friendly
Thousands of city residents brought light bulbs, bottles, paper boxes, used clothes, batteries, notebooks, bars of soaps and other products to the fifth Waste Recycling Festival held on Sunday at HCM City's Labour Cultural Palace.
The event, held by the City People's Committee and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, aims to raise public awareness of the 3 Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle.
More than 20 stalls that showcased reuse and recycling of waste were open to the public. A contest on environmental knowledge for children was also held.
This month, a programme called "A month to use environmentally friendly bags," will be launched at supermarkets in the city.
Tien Phong (Vanguard)
New medical services costs deferred
The new medical service costs at public hospitals, scheduled to go into effect on April 15, have not been applied.
The proposal to increase prices for more than 440 medical services by up to 20 times the current rates (issued in 1995) attracted considerable public criticism but was approved by the Ministry of Health late in February.
The new prices are currently under consideration by local People's Committees. It is expected that they will be introduced in July.
Lao Dong (Labour)
$1.9 billion needed for road safety work
The Ministry of Transport estimates that about VND40 trillion (US$1.87 billion) is needed to implement the national strategy on securing traffic order and safety until 2030.
Under the strategy, the ministry, in co-ordination with the National Committee for Traffic Safety, will work out a plan to decrease the number of traffic accident deaths by 5-10 per cent every year.
The first phase of the strategy, carried out from now until 2020, would require an investment of nearly VND11.9 trillion (over $566 million).
Dau Tu (Viet Nam Investment Review)