A five-year, US$7.5 million project to strengthen production capacity of the measles-rubella combined vaccine will be carried out in Viet Nam with co-operation from the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA).
Beginning next month, JICA will transfer technology and help Vietnamese experts learn advanced vaccine production technology.
Moreover, the vaccine production plant in Viet Nam, aided by the World Health Organisation and assisted with advanced vaccine production technology by JICA, will continue to receive more equipment in order to produce the measles-rubella combined vaccine.
It is expected that Viet Nam will start to provide this vaccine to the national expanded immunization programme soon.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon)
Pension to be paid via post offices
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh has given approval to the Viet Nam Social Insurance Agency to expand payment of pension through post offices throughout the country from this year onwards.
The agency had piloted the pension payment via the post office in 12 provinces - Lam Dong, Bac Kan, Dak Nong, Phu Yen, Binh Thuan, Can Tho, Dak Lak, Long An, Nghe An, Quang Tri, Quang Nam and Tuyen Quang - since September 2011.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
Clinic fined for illegal use of Chinese staff
The Ha Noi Department of Health has imposed a fine of VND38 million ($1,800) on the Thanh Tri Health Clinic run by the Duy Thinh Co Ltd for using Chinese doctors without permission.
Moreover, the clinic's list of check-ups and treatment services listed in its signs and advertisements did not match those permitted by the department.
This is the first time illegal use of Chinese doctors has been detected this year. Last year, several clinics in HCM City and Ha Noi were exposed for using Chinese doctors and offering dubious treatments.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Kien Giang wants to cancel thermo project
The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang has petitioned the Ministry of Industry and Trade that the Kien Luong thermo-electric plant in Kien Luong District, invested by the Tan Tao Industry and Investment Company, has its license revoked.
Financial difficulties have forced project construction to stop.
In 2008, the Government had approved the Tan Tao Company to invest in the 4,400-5,200 MW plant as well as a deep water port on Nam Du island in Kien Hai District with a total capital of nearly $7.7 billion.
Construction of the plant, the largest thermal power project in Viet Nam to date, was expected to start in 2009, but was deferred to April 2010. However, it has remained suspended till date.
THanh Nien (The Young People)