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Agent Orange victims handed treatment lifeline

Update: September, 06/2012 - 10:08

HA NOI — As many as 24 out of 62 residents living within 1km around the Da Nang airbase who have high dioxin concentrations in their blood were taken to Hospital 103 in Ha Noi yesterday for detoxification.

The free treatment will take about a month.

The victims were discovered to be contaminated with dioxin as part of a project to survey and control dioxin contamination at the airbase.

During the treatment, they will be given vitamins in the morning and will then exercise and take saunas to eliminate the dioxin.

Associate Professor Hoang Manh An, director of the hospital, said the method had been applied in many foreign countries to treat other problems but Viet Nam was the first to apply the method for dioxin detoxification.

Nguyen Dai Sang, one of the patients, said: "I hope my wife and I will recover completely and will not suffer after-effects to pass on to my descendants."

Deputy Chairman of the Da Nang People's Committee Nguyen Xuan Anh asked the city's Association for Agent-Orange Victims to continue joining hands with relevant bodies to list people contaminated with dioxin and set up plans to have them detoxified.

The Ministry of National Defence and the United States Agency for International Development are expected to complete the dioxin survey and control project at Da Nang airbase by the end of 2016.

The airbase is one of the three of their kind where US troops used to store Agent Orange buckets used to drop the defoliant on Viet Nam's forests.

More than 5,000 people in Da Nang City are confirmed to have been contaminated with dioxin. As many as 1,400 of them are children. — VNS

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