The public has donated VND100 billion (US$4.8 million) to charity programmes by sending text messages to the national humanitarian portal 1400 over the past five years, it was reported on Tuesday.
The money has been used to purchase thousands of tonnes of rice, cows and charity houses for the needy. Millions of Tet (Lunar New Year) gifts and scholarships have also been given to students. In addition, free surgeries have been provided to hundreds of children with congenital heart diseases.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Foreigners seek health treatment in VN
More foreigners are coming to Viet Nam to seek health treatment, especially for in-vitro fertilisation and cancer, according to the General Department of Statistics.
Low treatment costs and a high rate of effectiveness were the major reasons for the increase in foreign patients, according to Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien.
The success rate of in-vitro fertilisation at the Central Obstetrics Hospital in Ha Noi is 50 – 60 per cent, and about 40 per cent in Singapore and Thailand, he said.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Da Lat enjoys productive flower harvest
As cold weather has affected many flower-growing areas in central and northern regions, demand for flowers from Da Lat City in the Central Highland for the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday has increased, according to the Da Lat Flower Association.
The output of Da Lat's lily flowers, for instance, is estimated to reach 20 million flower sprigs this Tet, up 25 per cent over the previous Tet.
Lily flowers are also sold at VND150,000-200,000 for five flower sprigs, up 25 per cent against the same period last year.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Erosion occurs along coastal areas
The 70-km long coastline from Vung Tau to Xuyen Moc in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau has seen erosion, affecting the lives of local residents and tourism activities.
The Phuoc Hai area, for example, has seen an average erosion of 10-25 metres deep inland. Tides, water flows and illegal sand mining are the major causes of erosion.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)