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How do we improve the speed of ambulances in Viet Nam?

Update: March, 04/2016 - 10:14

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Next Week: How do we improve the speed of ambulances in Viet Nam?

A tragic accident occurred in Ha Noi's Long Bien District early this week, killing three people. One of the three victims was a six-year-old girl, who was still alive at the scene of the accident. An ambulance was called, but it arrived an hour later. The ambulance's late arrival raised an important question: If the ambulance had come earlier, would the girl have lived?

In Viet Nam, ambulances sometimes arrive at the scene of a crash too late, leading to unfortunate consequences. Many victims who receive late emergency aid die. Or they suffer from more major injuries, side effects or medical complications. Curious passers-by often gather around an accident scene, blocking the ambulance from approaching. Traffic congestion is frequently an obstacle, too.

Do these problems exist in your country? Have you ever called an ambulance in your country, or in Viet Nam, and had it arrived late? What are some things we could do to improve the promptness of ambulances in Viet Nam?

Please reply by email to:, or by fax to (84-4) 3 933 2311. Letters can be sent to The Editor, Viet Nam News, 79 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ha Noi. Replies to next week's questions must be received by Thursday, March 10, 2016. — VNS


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