Around 7.7 per cent of married couples under 49 in the country are infertile, a recent survey by the Ministry of Health has found. The survey covered 14,000 couples living in eight ecological zones in Viet Nam.
Phan Hong Van, a senior official with the ministry, also said the rate of maternal deaths (death of mothers while giving birth) decreased over the last five years, but it was still high compared to other countries at around 600 cases per year.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
MARD earmarks funds for Delta irrigation
As part of efforts to improve irrigation in the Mekong (Cuu Long) River Delta, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Developments plans to spend VND13 trillion (US$623 million) on 39 irrigation projects from now until 2015. The ministry has asked local authorities to complete and submit project documents early next year.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
New driving licences to be issued nationwide
New driving licences using polyethylene terephthalate (PET) will be issued nation-wide early in the first quarter of 2013, the Ministry of Transport has announced.
Nguyen Van Quyen, deputy head of the ministry's Directorate for Roads, said the new licences have already been issued in 25 cities and provinces since July this year. More than 105,000 such licences have been issued so far.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
HCM City at severe risk from rising sea levels
One-fifth of HCM City's total area will get submerged if the sea level rises by one metre as a result of climate change, experts warned at a seminar on integrative urban and environmental planning held in the city on Wednesday.
If the sea level rises by one metre, 39 per cent of the Mekong (Cuu Long) Delta region will get flooded, and 20 per cent of HCM City and 10 per cent of the Red River Delta will also suffer the same fate, the meeting heard. Around seven per cent of the city's population will be badly affected by the floods, said Nguyen Ky Phung, deputy director of the Southern Viet Nam branch of the Hydrometeorology and Environment Institute.
The Saigon Times Daily