Young doctors provide free healthcare checkups for poor people (Illustrative image. Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Nearly 470,000 people were provided with free health check-ups and medicine worth about 120 billion VND (5.3 million USD) in the first six months of 2017.

The provision is part of a community-based medical programme launched by the Vietnam Red Cross Society along with the Ministry of Health, General Political Department of the Vietnam People’s Army and Vietnam Young Doctors’ Association.

The organising board also opened training courses on providing first aid, tackling natural disasters and joining search and rescue missions.

The programme has been carried out in 10 cities and provinces, including Hanoi, Phu Tho, Hai Duong, Son La, Nghe An, Gia Lai, Phu Yen, Dong Nai, Tien Giang and Soc Trang.

The Vietnam Red Cross Society’s Central Committee provided free health examinations and medicine for nearly 10,000 people, which cost more than 1.5 billion VND (65,985 USD), and presented some 4,000 gift packages worth over 86 million VND (3,783 USD).

Meanwhile, the General Political Department spent nearly 11.6 billion VND (510,284 USD) providing free check-ups for 55,000 people, granted over 10,000 gifts and built 56 houses for policy beneficiary families.-VNA