The MRI scanner is handed over to the Da Nang Hospital at a ceremony on November 29 (Photo: nhandan.com.vn)

Da Nang (VNA) – A Singaporean entrepreneur has donated a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner to the Da Nang Hospital in central Da Nang city to assist with the examination and treatment of local Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin victims.

Harold Chan Soo York presented the 33 billion VND (1.45 million USD) scanner to the hospital at a ceremony on November 29.

The businessman said he will continue to work with the Da Nang Association of Victims of AO/dioxin to raise 150,000 EUR (158,890 USD) for the purchase of medical equipment serving the treatment of AO/dioxin victims.

On this occasion, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Huynh Duc Tho presented a certificate of merit to the entrepreneur in recognition of his contributions.

According to the Vietnam Association of Victims of AO/dioxin, between 1961 and 1971, the US army sprayed 80 million litres of herbicides, including nearly 400 kg of dioxin, onto the southern battlefield.

Among 4.8 million people exposed to the toxic chemical, about 3 million are AO victims.

Da Nang is one of the worst dioxin contaminated hot spots.-VNA