Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — A new centre that will offer rehabilitation and post-surgery care to Agent Orange victims will open by the end of the year in HCM City, according to the HCM City Association of Victims of Agent Orange.
The Orange Village, also called the Centre for Care, Support, Nourishment and Treatment, and Vocational Training for Agent Orange Victims, will open in Hóc Môn District.
Major General Trần Ngọc Thổ, chairman of the association, said the centre would provide shelter and vocational training for AO victims to help them integrate into society.
Thổ spoke at a ceremony held yesterday to mark the 56th Agent Orange Day in Việt Nam, which falls on August 10.
For years, AO victims have been taken care of at the Thiên Phước Centre for Disabled Children in Củ Chi District and Hòa Bình Village at Từ Dũ Hospital.
Although the Party and State have offered monthly financial aid and healthcare support, AO victims still face significant challenges, Thổ said.
Domestic and foreign support for AO victims play a vital role in helping them integrate into society, he said.
The ceremony honoured organisations, enterprises and individuals that have worked with the Việt Nam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin to support AO victims, including the HCM City Women’s Union, Từ Dũ Hospital, Mỹ Đức Hospital, Việt Nam Red Cross Society’s HCM City chapter, and the Korean Cultural Centre in Việt Nam.
In Việt Nam, around three million people have been affected by Agent Orange. Two million AO victims have severe disease or various forms of disability. —VNS