The Da Nang Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin on February 20 inaugurated a detoxification and rehabilitation centre for AO victims, the first of its kind in the central city of Da Nang.

Funded by the US Harris Freeman Foundation with a total investment of nearly 2.3 billion VND (108,000 USD), the two-storey centre includes steam and rehabilitation rooms.

Da Nang is home to over 5,000 AO victims, more than 1,400 of whom are children.

From 1961 to 1971, the US Army sprayed more than 18.2 million gallons of Agent Orange (AO) onto more than 10 percent of the land in southern Vietnam.

It is estimated that more than 4.8 million Vietnamese were exposed to AO/dioxin. Many of the victims have died, while millions of their descendants are living with deformities and diseases due to its effects.-VNA