Vietnam is among the world’s worst countries for overuse of antibiotics. Much has been written about the worldwide epidemic of antibiotic abuse and the rise of “superbugs”, but even against a backdrop of international attention, the excessive use of antibiotics in Vietnam is alarming.
I’m often amazed by the lack of knowledge of parents about the medications they give their babies. Many parents don’t know why they give the medication, what it’s good for, or even bother remembering the medication’s name.
A student turned traveller turned up at the FMP clinic on Saturday night at 10.45pm with pains across the chest and an uncomfortable heartbeat; he’d spent the day with friends walking the streets of Hanoi looking at some of the old buildings and having great fun. He told the staff he’d had a few late nights with friends drinking the local beers and enjoying the new tasty food. He was having a really great time; but now he felt strange with pains and dizziness.
Why does becoming an expatriate bring out the Extreme Sports Expat? Do we have to become more adventurous than friends and family back home? A recent survey of expats revealed that just over half expect to take part in extreme sports while abroad; off-piste skiing, quad biking, kite surfing, sand boarding, kayaking, white-water rafting and rock climbing are booming. The expat community seems not short of enthusiasts and the sports are getting more dangerous.
Third Culture Kids (TCKs) have both a unique set of experiences and an equally unique perspective on life. Born or raised in cultures outside of their parents’ place of origin, they live elsewhere because of their parents’ occupations or interests.
432 Pham Thai Buong, Q7, Tel: 0906 684 969
Binh Duong Boulevard, Thuan An District, Binh Duong, Tel: (0650) 363 6068
Claiming to be the first Singapore-standard hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, this institution based on the outskirts of town is gaining a growing reputation for service and treatment. Specialises in providing healthcare to women and children. Has a clinic at 97 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Q1
5th Floor, Crescent Plaza, 105 Ton Dat Tien, Q7
Tel: 5413 6758 / 5413 6759
American Eye Center is located in the heart of Phu My Hung, providing eye care services to Adults and Children by an American Board-certified ophthalmologist with 17 years of experience. The American-standard facility is equipped with state of the art equipments for the early detection and treatment of important eye diseases from Lasik and cataract surgeries to presbyopia, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease treatments. Cosmetic procedures such as eyelid surgery and Botox injections are also available.
SKIN CARE / COSMETICS
99 Suong Nguyet Anh, Q1, Tel: (08) 3925 1990
Stamford Skin Centre offers a broad range of medical and aesthetic skin treatments. Their international dermatologists and doctors ensure accurate diagnosis and safe treatment procedures. It houses excellent equipment for a variety of procedures.
Md6 Nguyen Luong Bang, Q7 (across from FV Hospital), Tel: Tel: (08) 5410 0100
Specialising in healthcare, dental services and chiropractic medicine, the recently opened Maple Healthcare comes replete with the latest technology together with efficient and comfortable service.