As many as 32,500 old and retired people across the nation received free health check-ups, medicine and gifts thanks to a campaign calling for more efforts in caring the health of the elderly, which began on August 3.

About 500 others got free eye surgery during the two-month programme, said Tran Van Thuan, Chairman of the Vietnam Young Doctors Association (VYDA), at a ceremony to review the outcomes of the campaign in Hanoi on October 1, coinciding with the 23rd International Day of Older Persons.

The campaign, jointly organised by the Central Committees of the Vietnam Youth Federation (VYF) and the VYDA, and Nhat Nhat Pharmacy Co., Ltd, drew the participation of about 3,000 young doctors and 5,000 volunteers.

Speaking at the event, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan praised efforts made by the organisers in implementing the significant programme.

Affirming the caring of older people as the responsibility of the whole society, he asked the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, the VYF and the VYDA to design more significant and creative programmes to take care of the elderly in the future.-VNA