|A doctor gives free cardiac examination to a child in the northern province of Ninh Bình on Sunday. – VNA/VNS Photo Thùy Dung|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Nearly 200 underprivileged children in the northern province of Ninh Bình received free cardiac examinations from doctors of the National Heart Institute and the provincial obstetrics and paediatrics hospital on Sunday.
Phạm Cầm Kỳ, director of the provincial obstetrics and paediatrics hospital, said the free checkups would help detect congenital heart diseases in the children, allowing timely intervention.
The event also provided local doctors the opportunity to learn from the National Heart Institute’s doctors, he said, adding that his hospital plans to coordinate with central hospitals to offer further free checkups to the disadvantaged in the area.
Impoverished families were also assisted with filling out applications for financial support from humanitarian organisations to raise funds for their children to have cardiac operations.
Meanwhile, more than 6,000 poor people in the central province of Quảng Trị also received free health examinations and medicines over the weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday, the provincial Department of Health and the Việt Nam Red Cross worked with Minh Đức Charitable Foundation to conduct free medical examinations, provide free medicine and present gifts to more than 5,000 poor people and 1,000 needy children in Hải Lăng District.
The examinations and medicines were provided and distributed by more than 700 volunteers, who include doctors, students and Buddhists from different provinces and cities. – VNS