Only 50 per cent of children in HCM City wore helmets when travelling on motorcycles and other vehicles last year, up from 20 per cent in 2011, according to Tran Quoc Hung of the city Traffic Safety Committee.
The largest proportion of children wearing helmets, 70 per cent, was in District 1, while the lowest, at just 12 per cent, was recorded in Hoc Mon District.
The committee hopes to raise the proportion in Districts 9, Go Vap and Hoc Mon to 70 per cent this year.
TUOI TRE (YOUTH)
City hosts Mekong Delta tourism conference
The HCM City Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports hosted a conference for tourism authorities from cities in the Mekong Delta on Thursday.
The delegates approved a joint tourism promotion programme involving Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Vientiane in Laos, Yangon in Myanmar, and HCM City.
They also planned to organise a tourism promotion programme in Japan in August.
SAI GON GIAI PHONG (LIBERATED SAI GON)
Binh Dinh helps farmers overcome drought
The central province of Binh Dinh has provided subsidies of more than VND40 billion (US$1.9 million) to people suffering from drought.
The money will be spent on buying petrol for water pumps and seeds to enable people to switch to other crops and dig wells.
LAO DONG (LABOUR)