Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam has reiterated the priority given to the prevention and fight against epidemics, as the number of patients infected with the novel coronavirus (nCoV) continues to rise.
In the central city of Đà Nẵng, the provincial hospital and other sponsors helped more than 200 poor patients go home to nearby provinces such as Quảng Nam and Quảng Ngãi.
Exhausted firefighters said they had finally brought Australia's largest "megablaze" under control on Monday, as wet weather promised to deliver much-needed respite for countryside ravaged by bushfires.
The Việt Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC) plans to mobilise financial sources for providing at least 1.5 million gifts to the poor, Agent Orange victims, disadvantaged families and victims of natural disasters in 2019 ahead of the traditional Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday.
There are an estimated 800,000 tonnes of unexploded bombs in Việt Nam, with 9,200 communes contaminated by ordnance, accounting for 21 per cent the country's area