by Gia Loc
First aid on the spot
The Nha Trang Communist Youth Union has recently installed public-medicine cabinets on Tran Phu and Pham Van Dong streets to help tourists and locals in emergencies in the popular beach city.
The union has also worked with the city's Red Cross to offer first-aid courses to union members.
The medicine cabinets, which are valued at VND1.5 million (US$74) each, include dressings, gauze, antiseptic and other items.
Bui Anh Phong, head of the team in charge of social order at 2/4 Square, said the cabinets had been used by people who had been in traffic accidents and by children who had fallen in the street. Some of them who were seriously injured were given first aid and then later taken to the hospital.
The union plans to install 10 more medicine cabinets on Highway 1 that runs through Vinh Luong and Vinh Phuong communes, and at Nha Trang train station and northern and southern bus stations.
Short-film contest on wheelchair
HCM City's Disability Research and Capacity Development Centre is holding a short-film contest to raise awareness of the needs of the disabled, especially in transport, education, work and entertainment.
With the title of Breaking Down Barriers, the contest, with the deadline of October 5, aims to publicise the need for public works for people with disabilities.
According to the centre's survey, only 78 of 1,800 civil works and public places in Districts 1 and 3 are convenient for wheelchair users. These include office buildings, schools, health clinics, cultural houses, pagodas, cinemas, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels.
Moreover, there are not enough buses with low floors. This prevents the disabled from going to school, work or entertainment sites.
A report from the National Coordinating Council on Disabilities in Viet Nam released in 2012 showed that 4,000 buses were operating in HCM City. Only 117 buses had low and semi-low floors that could be used by people in a wheelchair. — VNS