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Vietnamese contestant wins Miss Earth costume round

Nguyen Phuong Khanh (centre) wins gold for Asia & Oceania in the national costume round

Nguyen Phuong Khanh, representing Vietnam at the Miss Earth contest, has won gold for the Asia & Oceania region in the national costume round on October 11 in Manila, the Philippines. The contestants from Guyana won for South America; Mexico won for Central America; Sierra Leone won for Africa; and …

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One decade of transforming lives

REACH trainees in a web coding class.

Ten years ago, Bui Thanh Thuy drew three question marks to describe herself. They symbolised the Hanoian’s three biggest questions in life, “who will I be?,” “who will I want to be?” and “can I do it?” At the age of six, Thuy lost her father and as her mother …

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Soil sedimentation clogs Vinh Hy Bay

When tide goes out, sand can be seen on almost two thirds of the water surface in Vinh Hy Bay.

Soil sedimentation is expanding in Vinh Hy Bay in the central province of Ninh Thuan, causing difficulties for waterway vessels, especially fishing boats and passenger boats. Local residents said the sedimentation started years ago and blamed it on the construction of Vinh Hy Bridge and soil and stones swept from …

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Man arrested for trafficking people to Taiwan

Phan Dinh Loi (L) is arrested in Ha Tinh Province on Thursday for human trafficking charges.

28 people were being smuggled to Taiwan via mainland China, but an accident killed two on the way last year. Police in the central province of Ha Tinh have detained 30-year-old Phan Dinh Loi on human trafficking charges relating to a group of people taken to Taiwan late last year. …

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Free breast cancer screening for women aged 35 or more

A woman is screened for breast cancer in a free programme.

HCM City Oncology Hospital and the Supportive Fund for Cancer Patients – Bright Future are offering free breast cancer screening for 1,200 women aged 35 or more. The programme is held on the occasion of Vietnamese Women’s Day on October 20. Women who have had relatives diagnosed with breast cancer …

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Govt spells out ambitious plan to develop grassroots healthcare

A doctor at the Thao Dien Ward Health Station in HCM City’s District 2 examines a patient.

The Ministry of Health is making efforts to strengthen the grassroots healthcare system to improve the quality of primary healthcare and achieve universal health coverage, which will ensure that everyone can access quality healthcare services without facing financial hardship. Speaking at a workshop on this issue in HCM City on …

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Immunotherapy for cancer patients piloted in Vietnam

The immunotherapy treatment for cancer, which has just won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine, has been brought to Vietnam. The treatment, being piloted on several late-stage cancer cases, has proven that it can freeze cancer cells using the body’s immune system. It is considered good news for cancer patients. …

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Ministry sounds warning against diseases in south

A child with hand-foot-mouth disease being treated at the HCM City Pediatrics Hospital

The Ministry of Health has called on authorities and hospitals in the south to strengthen preventive measures to control the spread of measles and hand-foot-mouth disease. The number of HFM infections has increased steadily in the region, with nearly 4,800 cases reported so far this year, or 77 percent of …

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