As of May, just one-fourth of the total of 14 million people assessed to be living near the poverty line have joined health insurance schemes despite increased financial support, according to the Viet Nam Social Insurance Agency.
Since the beginning of the year, people near the poverty line are eligible for 70-per-cent subsidy of their health premiums from the Government, an increase from the previous 50 per cent.
In some disadvantaged regions, this has jumped to 90 per cent thanks to additional assistance from local governments and international organisations.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Road accidents fall 25% in HCM City
The number of traffic accidents in HCM City has fallen by 25 per cent since May 2011, with 874 traffic accidents from then to the end of April 2012.
During this period, the death toll and number of injuries dropped to 753 and 370, a decrease of 23 per cent and 34 per cent respectively, the report says.
There were only two cases of traffic congestion, compared with 23 cases in the same period last year.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Dak Nong to spend $142m on eco-tourism
The Central Highlands province of Dak Nong will set aside more than VND3 trillion (US$142.8 million) for sustainable development of eco-tourism and traditional cultures of ethnic minority groups in the region from now until 2020.
The province plans to invest in 20 eco-tourism sites covering a total area of more than 30,000ha of forest to develop the tourism sector in tandem with conserving its forests and preserving the traditional cultures of ethnic minority communities in the area.
Tin Tuc (News)
Dengue fever, hand-foot diseases on rise
A total of 21,215 people have contracted dengue fever in the southern region so far this year, an increase of 20 per cent against the same period last year, according to the HCM City-based Pasteur Institute. Ten people have died of the disease, the report said.
The number of patients afflicted with the hand-foot-mouth disease rose by 144 per cent compared with the same period last year, with 20,450 infection cases being reported in the region. The disease has so far killed 25 people this year.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)