|Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long gave presents to cancer patients in an event in September this year. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc
HA NOI (VNS) — The health ministry on Tuesday launched a two-month campaign on sending messages to support cancer patients via the Bright Future Fund.
The fund, in co-ordination with the Vietnam Television and the Portal Humanity National, which is often called Portal 1400, opened the campaign yesterday and will run it till February 6 next year to ask the community to help cancer patients.
Under the campaign, people can text "UT" to 1406. With each message, people can donate VND12,000 (US$0.5) to the fund.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Deputy Minister of Health and Chairwoman of the fund Nguyen Thi Xuyen said cancer was a huge problem for the community.
It was a deadly disease that killed a number of people, including children, and had become the obsession of all victims, she said.
The number of cancer patients was rising, not only in Viet Nam but also other countries in every age group and area, Xuyen said.
Cancer is a burden for many families because of the long and expensive treatment involved, which most patients cannot afford.
Some patients such as children had to end their treatment because their families were too poor and could not pay for it, she said.
About 150,000 new cancer patients are reported in Viet Nam and about 70,000 people die from the disease every year, according to the health ministry. — VNS