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Over 5,100 hospitalized due to fights during Tet holiday in Vietnam

Monday, February 15, 2016, 14:33 GMT+7

Over 5,100 people across Vietnam were hospitalized due to physical confrontations during the eight days of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday.

The ministry stated in a document submitted to the Government Office that over 5,100 people were admitted to hospitals in Vietnam after fights and conflicts occuring from February 6 to 13.

The number of people who died in escalating conflicts was recorded at 13, twice as high as that of last year’s holiday.

Patient records of the Vietnam-Germany Hospital in Hanoi alone showed that over 1,000 people were brought to its emergency rooms between February 8 and 14, of whom 60 percent were victims of traffic accidents, the ministry added.

Doctors from the hospital confirmed that one-third of the patients were not wearing safety helmets when traveling on the city’s streets.

The number of people suffering from digestive disorders and alcohol poisoning was recorded at about 1,500 during the holiday, among whom two died, according to the Ministry of Health.

About 96 people fell victim to firecrackers and explosives, 60 of whom were in the south-central province of Quang Ngai, it added.

Doctors from Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi have recently announced that over 20 cases of attempted suicide by drinking herbicides and insecticides were recorded during the Tet holiday.

One of the patients has succumbed, the doctors said, adding that the victims were mainly young people, with the youngest being 19 years old.

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