As many as 12,000 poor people in 10 provinces and cities nationwide will be provided with free medical check-ups and treatment following an agreement between the Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) and Glaxosmithkline Pte Ltd Co. (GSK).

Under the agreement, signed in Hanoi on April 5, the GSK will provide nearly 1.33 billion VND for the VRC to carry out mobile humanitarian medical check-ups and treatment activities in a programme titled “Life without pain” within a year from March 31, 2012.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, GSK General Director for Indochina Le Quang Hao said he is pleased with the friendly and effective cooperation between the GSK and the VRC.

He expressed hope that the cooperation will continue to be maintained and developed in the future, even after the agreement terminates.

President of the VRC Central Committee Tran Ngoc Tang said he wishes to receive continued comprehensive cooperation from the GSK and pledged to use the aid effectively for the health of the community.-VNA