|Health Minister Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến visited patients to ask about their health and give out gifts at the HCM City Oncology Hospital in HCM City yesterday—Photo suckhoedoisong.vn|
HCM CITY— The Cancer Patients Assistance Fund under the Ministry of Health on April 29 awarded 100 gifts worth VNĐ1 million (US$45) each for children with cancer.
Health Minister Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến visited patients to ask about their health and give out gifts.
On Wednesday, children with cancer at the HCM City Oncology Hospital attended the 100th pink birthday party to celebrate birthdays of children born in April.
The monthly event is part of Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper’s “Ước Mơ của Thúy” (Thúy’s Dream) charity programme.
Twenty disadvantaged patients received VNĐ6 million ($270) each to pay hospital fees, and a total of VNĐ80 million ($3,600) was raised for birthday gifts and meals for child patients.
Participants were entertained with music and dance performances, magic shows and portrait drawing.
Vương Thanh Liễu, deputy secretary of Hồ Chí Minh Communist Youth Union’s HCM City chapter, said that “Ước Mơ của Thúy” (Thúy’s Dream) charity programme had helped thousands of children with cancer.
Around 550 children are being treated at the hospital, including 150 in-patients, said Phạm Xuân Dũng, deputy director of the hospital.
An average of two to three children have to share one bed due to overcrowding at the hospital, Dũng said. —VNS