An art programme aimed to help prevent eye diseases for the elderly will be held at the Friendship Palace in Hanoi on September 28, according to the Central Committee of the Vietnam Association of the Elderly (VAE).

The event is part of the drive on taking care of and upholding the role of the elderly for the 2012-2015.

Since 2012, the drive has been implemented in 61 provinces and city nationwide, providing free eye checks and medicines for nearly 1.6 million old people. Over 190 billion VND (9 million USD) have also been spent on different surgeries for over 151,000 people.

In the coming time, the Vietnam Association of the Elderly (VAE), the Vietnam Red Cross and the Ministry of Health will join hands to conduct eye checks and treatment for the old in remote and needy areas.-VNA