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Nationwide campaign expands access to health care services

Update: November, 03/2014 - 08:49
People in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang receive check-ups and medicine free of charge. Under a campaign launched yesterday in Ha Noi, one million disadvantaged people will receive free health services. — VNA/VNS Photo Trong Dat

HA NOI (VNS) — One million poor and disadvantaged residents of the country's remote, border and island areas will receive free health services under a humanitarian community health care campaign launched here yesterday.

The health services offered under the campaign include check-up, treatment and consultation and will be given to at least one million poor and disadvantaged people every year, according to Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Tien said many residents of poor remote and island districts still had insufficient access to health care services due to traffic congestion and the shortage of infrastructure, medical facilities and human resources of the state health care system.

"The campaign aims to inform and mobilise society to get involved in providing humanitarian community health care to poor and disadvantaged people," stressed Tien.

At the event, Nguyen Thien Nhan, president of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee, highlighted the importance of the humanitarian initiative in providing people with health care.

"Through the campaign, many people will be provided health care services, as well as information and knowledge on taking care of their health. Thousands of blood units and health insurance cards will be donated to disadvantaged people," said Nhan.

"The campaign will be an important start for a new movement, with the participation of the entire nation in the coming years," added Nhan.

During the campaign, mobile teams of doctors and volunteers will provide health check-up and treatment services at community or local medical stations.

They will also provide consulting services to strengthen people's awareness of health care, personal hygiene and the environment, as well as accidents, injuries, and disaster, search and rescue operations.

The six-month-long campaign is being organised under the framework of a co-operation programme from 2014-2017. It is being implemented by the Viet Nam Red Cross, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, General Department of Politics under the Ministry of Defence and Viet Nam Young Physician Association, with support from Prudential Life Insurance in Viet Nam. — VNS

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