Tuesday, February 24, 2015

6,200 hospitalized for fighting during Vietnam’s Tet holiday — Talk Vietnam

6,200 hospitalized for fighting during Vietnam’s Tet holiday

More than 6,200 people were hospitalized nationwide from February 15 to 22, the first eight days of the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday that ended on Monday, for treatment of injuries caused by fights, the Ministry of Health reported the same day


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Of these people, 15 died due to their critical condition, the ministry said.

Dong Nai, Dong Thap, An Giang and Kien Giang Provinces in the southern region are among the localities that had the most people hospitalized after fighting during the period.

Such fights were triggered by different causes, including conflicts after traffic collisions, assaults under the influence of alcohol, and quarrels during gambling, the ministry said.

The Hue Central Hospital’s Trauma and Orthopedics Center reported that it received 35 patients who were victims of fights from February 15 to 22.

On February 22 alone, as many as 15 such patients were hospitalized, the most of this kind on a single day in many years, the hospital said.

Dr. Ha Van Tam, director of the Tan Chau Town General Hospital in the southern province of An Giang, said five patients with injuries due to fights were taken to the hospital on February 20 and one of them, a man named T., has died.

T. had been stabbed with a knife after leaving a drinking party where he and another man had a row. The attacker was one of the members of the party, according to T.’s relatives.

Dr. Bui Van Te, director of the An Giang Province Central General Hospital, also said his infirmary received more than 10 patients who were victims of fights that resulted from feuds erupting among drinking companions or among gamblers.

A total of 284 such patients were taken to many hospitals in the province from February 15 to 22, local health authorities reported.

This figure was much higher than that during previous Tet holidays, they said.

Similarly, the Kien Giang Province General Hospital received about 10 victims of fights per day during the holiday, said Dr. Nguyen Tien Dung, of the hospital’s emergency department.

The number of people who suffered injuries brought about by assaults from drinking companions was higher than in the previous Tet, Dr. Dung said.

6,200 hospitalized for fighting during Vietnam’s Tet holiday — Talk Vietnam
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