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A young man donates blood 65 times

The Saigon Times

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Born and growing up in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, Le Ba Huynh Duc, 26, a dentomaxillofacial doctor at Buon Ma Thuot Medical University Hospital in Buon Ma Thuot City, has donated blood and platelets 65 times over the past eight years.

Duc told thanhnien.vn that the safe interval between two platelet donation times is at least 15 days. However, to be physically fit, he often donated platelets once a month. He also follows a healthy eating plan. He would go to any hospital around the city to donate blood or platelets to patients in need at any time of the day, rain or shine.

During the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, when Duc was a student of Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Hue City, along with taking part in fighting the pandemic, he still managed to donate blood and platelets 20 times.

The young doctor considers blood donation his responsibility to help patients in need and he is happy to keep doing such deed whenever his health allows him to do so. Duc has also participated in many charitable activities for young, needy students and children in the province.

Xuan Lien Nature Reserve to become national park

The Thanh Hoa Department of Agriculture and Rural Development held a workshop on October 2 to gather expert opinions on upgrading the Xuan Lien Nature Reserve to a national park. All delegates at the workshop agreed that the transformation is necessary to enhance the conservation efforts of natural ecosystems and biodiversity, the Thanh Nien news site reported.

The workshop prepares the necessary documentation and procedures for proposing the reserve’s upgrade to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

According to the local authority, the Xuan Lien Nature Reserve was established in 2000. It covers over 24,728 hectares, including 23,800 hectares of special-use forests and over 900 hectares of production forests.

The nature reserve houses 1,228 flora species, with 56 of them being rare and precious. Additionally, it is home to 1,811 fauna species, of which 34 are listed as threatened or endangered in the world.

Phu Quoc among Asia’s top 10 most favorite islands

Phu Quoc Island in the southern province of Kien Giang has been named among the top 10 most favorite resort islands in Asia for the second time by the U.S. tourism magazine Condé Nast Traveler, according to the VnExpress news site.

On October 3, Condé Nast Traveler magazine announced the Readers’ Choice Awards 2023 results. In the list of the top 10 islands in Asia, Phu Quoc ranks 8th with 88.89 points. The score was given by readers and travel experts worldwide, reflecting their satisfaction with the destinations. Bali Island in Indonesia claimed the top spot in Asia.

Phu Quoc, the largest island in Vietnam, is renowned for its pristine beaches with white sand, calm seas, and crystal-clear water. In 2015, Condé Nast Traveler readers also voted Phu Quoc’s Sao Beach into the world’s top 10 most tranquil and serene beaches, alongside famous beaches in Fiji and the Maldives.

Can Tho to hold ao dai-ao ba ba festival

The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho will organize its first ao dai-ao ba ba festival on October 13 and 14, with the participation of over 5,000 women.

According to the Women’s Union of Can Tho City, themed “Southern Charm,” the festival will take place at the park on the bank of the Hau River to honor ao dai (traditional Vietnamese long dress) and ao ba ba (southern traditional three-flap shirt), and to celebrate 20 years Can Tho has been recognized as a centrally governed city and the anniversary of the Vietnam Women’s Union (October 20).

Can Tho’s first ao dai-ao ba ba festival will attract the participation of over 5,000 local women of various ages and from all walks of life. About 4,000 women wearing ao dai and ao ba ba, conical palm hats and checkered shawls, will join a procession as the main event of the festival. There will also be an art and ao dai-ao ba ba fashion show performed by some 500 artistes and models.

The festival will include a procession of vintage motorbikes, an old market at Song Hau Park with 15 stalls serving southern traditional dishes, tuoitre.vn reported.

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