HA NOI — A three-year-old baby from Khanh Hoa Province was reported to be infected with A/H1N1 by the Ministry of Health yesterday.
The baby is currently in good health. The child was hospitalised on January 27 after experiencing a fever, cough and runny nose.
There have been more than 11,000 cases of A/H1N1 nationwide and 58 deaths.
Nearly 60,000 given insurance cards
BEN TRE — Nearly 60,000 health insurance cards worth VND10.5 billion (US$564,000) have been given to poor people in Ben Tre Province by the provincial Health Department and Social Insurance Department.
The card recipients will pay for 20 per cent of the card's worth, which is equal to VND35,000 (US$2).
The cards are valid during the first six months of this year.
Bird flu discovered in Ca Mau
CA MAU — Bird flu has been discovered in seven communes and towns in southern Ca Mau Province.
More than 5,000 chickens were culled in the area.
The local Animal Health Division has carried out additional measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
Swimming to be taught in schools
HA NOI — Students of some primary grades 3-5 would learn swimming as part of pilot studies this year to reduce curb drownings, the Ministry of Education and Training said.
It was planned that the skills would be taught in physical education classes and at the weekends during summer, in a curriculum to be introduced nationwide by 2014.
International Student programme to begin
HA NOI — The Ministry of Education and Training is preparing for the nation to participate in the Programme for International Students Assessment in 2012.
The launching of the programme would cost VND10 billion (US$526,000), the ministry said.
Students would be assessed near the end of their compulsory education to determine if they had acquired the knowledge and skills essential for full participation in society. — VNS