With rabies having a high potential to break out on a large scale, the People's Committees of districts and towns have been urged to step up prevention programmes by deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long.
Anyone bitten by a dog must go to a medical centre for an examination or vaccination, he added.
The incidence of rabies has been increasing in Viet Nam, with 63 people nationwide dying of the disease this year, mostly in the northern mountainous provinces.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has told provinces and cities to strengthen checks to detect the disease early and raise public awareness about pet vaccination and the proper treatment of bites by rabid dogs.
Tin Tuc (News)
Air pollution worsens in major cities
The dust concentration in the air has risen in the nothern, central and southern provinces, according to the latest report from the General Directorate of Environment.
The lead content in the air is on the increase in Ha Noi and HCM City, said Hoang Duong Tung, deputy head general of the General Directorate of Environment, adding that lead content was two to four times higher than allowed levels in areas with high density traffic.
The air quality in major cities has also become worse, he said.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
HCM City to issue latest batch of bonds
HCM City will issue VND1.98 trillion worth of municipal bonds next month, taking the value of bonds issued this year to a total of VND3 trillion (US$141.7 million).
The city has collected VND1.02 trillion from a bond issuance this year to meet demand for development investment.
In its report sent to the National Assembly's Finance and Budget Committee, the city said that its total outstanding loan reached nearly VND9.77 trillion by the end of last year, of which nearly VND7.07 trillion was collected from municipal bonds.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)