HCM City's Department of Health is expanding its programme to provide free polio vaccines for 200,000 children under five years old living in outlying districts, according to Le Hong Nga, head of the city's Preventive Health Centre's general planning office.
The programme will begin this week in Go Vap, Hoc Mon, Thu Duc, Binh Chanh, Tan Phu, Binh Tan and 12 districts and run through April 4.
Lao Dong (The Labour)
City celebrates International Woman's Day
Several thousand women in HCM City will participate in cultural and art activities launched by the city's Women Cultural House and Youth Cultural House this week to celebrate International Woman's Day.
The activities include fashion shows, music and song programmes, sports and culinary contests. The events are aimed to encourage women, both old and young, develop their studies and careers.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Nearly 84% of families join health insurance
At least 83.7 per cent of families have signed up for health insurance, according to the Viet Nam Social Insurance Agency.
The agency has worked with local authorities to encourage residents, particularly labourers, elderly people and children, to join health insurance.
Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourer)
New speed limits set in urban areas
Speed limits for automobiles and motorcycles were revised up to 60km per hour in HCM City's urban areas after a new circular by the Ministry of Transport which was implemented on March 1.
The city plans to replace new signs with a maximum speed of 60km/hr for vehicles along two-way streets with dividers and one-way streets which have at least two lanes for motor vehicles.
Sign No 420 is used to signal roads in populated areas while the sign No 421 is placed at the end of such roads.
The Sai Gon Times Daily
Number of new phone subscribers increases
The Viet Nam Post and Telecommunications said the number of new phone subscribers in the first two months of this year was up 20 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Other leading suppliers, Mobiphone and Viettel, attracted 1.34 and 2.4 million new subscribers respectively.
They plan to develop mobile internet and internet TV services this year.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Vietnam (Vietnam Economic Times)