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April, 07 2014 08:24:00

Prime Minister joins walk to support people with disabilities

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday joined thousands in a walk in Ho Chi Minh City to support people with disabilities. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

HCM CITY (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday joined thousands in a walk in Ho Chi Minh City to support people with disabilities.

The event was a call for people from all walks of life to join hands and care for those with disabilities.

Speaking at the event, PM Dung said that the Party and State had implemented policies to protect the rights of disabled people and encourage them to become active members of society.

They had been issued health insurance cards to secure healthcare, and many more were now afforded competent legal assistance. Many of them had also made significant achievements in education, business, science and sports.

The Government leader spoke highly of assistance from donors at home and abroad for the disabled, asking them to continue their support.

He also urged ministries and sectors to implement legal regulations aiding the disabled, especially in areas related to vocational training, employment, education and healthcare.

During the walk, more than VND10 billion (US$470,000) was raised. Viet Nam is now home to around 6.7 million disabled people, including 3.6 million women and 1.2 million children. Five million are living in rural areas. — VNS

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