Disabled children benefit from Norwegian-funded project
The Norwegian Mission Alliance (NMA) has committed VND2 billion (US$92,000) to helping children with disabilities in southern Tien Giang Province integrate into the community.
Under a three-year project, NMA will coordinated with the Tien Giang provincial Department for Education and Training in improving the quality of education services for disabled children in Cai Lay and Cho Gao districts, and My Tho City. The disabled will also be provided with free vocational training.
Over 20 years, the Norwegian agency has provided financial assistance to Tien Giang province under various projects on health care, microfinance and community development.
Gathering for adoptive families of Vietnamese children
Italian families which have adopted Vietnamese children. (Photo: VNA)
Italian families which have adopted Vietnamese children. (Photo: VNA)A get-together was held in Rome on February 26 for around 50 Italian families which have adopted Vietnamese children.
Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Dang Khanh Thoai described the gathering as a good chance for the families to share their happiness. He expressed his hope that their children will become good Italian citizens and affirmed that Vietnam will closely work with Italy to accelerate procedures for child adoption.
He said the embassy will organise various activities to strengthen ties with the adoptive families in Rome.
Chairman of the association of Italian families of adopted Vietnamese children Carlo Silvan said almost all adopted Vietnamese children have integrated quickly into Italian society.
Many adoptive families said that they will create the best conditions for Vietnamese children to gain a better understanding of their homeland.
During the gathering, participants watched films on Vietnam’s land and people and its traditional culture and food.
PM requests inspection of fire prevention work
Prime Minister on February 27 asked all relevant Government agencies to start a nationwide inspection of fire prevention work in high-rise buildings, commercial centres, schools, kindergartens and other high-risk locations.
The inspection will last until March 20 and all results are expected to be reported to the Prime Minister before March 30.
PM Dung’s instruction came after several major fires broke out in recent months, including one at Quang Ngai Central Market fire causing about US$9.6 million in damages.
The PM also asked the Ministry of Information and Communications to increase public awareness of fire prevention and to provide information on rescue methods and other safety standards.
The Ministry of Public Security was also instructed to inspect and punish all individuals or organizations that are found to be irresponsible in following fire prevention safety standards.
Four students drown during picnic
Four students from central Quang Nam Province"s Thang Binh District were drowned while having a picnic at Suoi Tien (Fairy Spring) Tourist Area in Que Son District on Sunday.
According to the local police, the deaths occurred when Vo Thi Phap, 15, suddenly fell into the spring.
Three friends tried to rescue her, but all sank exhausted.
Changing rural people’s behaviour on safe water
A communication campaign to promote the use of safe water and environmental sanitation was reviewed at a seminar in Hanoi on February 27.
The seminar was jointly held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, UNICEF and Lien Aid, a non-governmental organisation of Singapore.
Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dao Xuan Hoc said the national rural safe water and environmental sanitation programme could not have been implemented unless people’s behaviour and awareness changed.
After one year of information promotion with goodwill ambassador, comedian Xuan Bac, the programme has helped change rural people’s behaviour, awareness and habits and considerably improved the community’s environmental sanitation. It also encouraged agencies and organisations to become involved in safe water, personal hygiene and environmental sanitation issues.
Chief Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund in Vietnam Lotta Sylwander highlighted the wholehearted role of Xuan Bac as rural water and environmental sanitation goodwill ambassador.
The effective cooperation among Government agencies, UN bodies and donors has created an impetus in raising people’s awareness and changing their behaviour, she said.
She pledged to continue supporting the programme so all rural people, particularly children, can access safe water and sanitation and enjoy a healthy life.
Free birth control in HCM City
Every citizen who has lived in HCM City for at least six months will be exempt from the cost of contraception, according to the City"s People"s Committee.
The free service will come into force on March 5. Under a new regulation, birth control will be free at health facilities in communal health centres, regional obstetrics and gynaecological centres, lying-in hospitals and district hospitals.
Man arrested for trafficking heroin
Border Police in northern mountainous Dien Bien Province arrested 24-year-old Sung A Lenh for allegedly trafficking three packages of heroin and nearly 400 ecstasy pills in Dien Bien District"s Na U Commune.
The High Command of the Border Guard"s Drug Smuggling Prevention Department ordered the local border police to investigate the case further.
Lenh is from Huoi Hoa Commune, Dien Bien Dong District.
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