Ha Nam province marks the 55th anniversary of the Day for Agent Orange/Dioxin Victims in a ceremony on August 2. (Photo: hanam.gov.vn)

Ha Nam(VNA) – The People’s Committee of northern Ha Nam province held a ceremony on August 1 to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Day for Agent Orange/Dioxin Victims (August 10, 1961).

The event also marked the 10th founding anniversary of the Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin of Ha Nam (December 24, 2006).

More than 29,000 people in the province have suffered the effects of Agent Orange/Dioxin. Today, the effects are still surfacing in the second and even the third generations of the victims.

Over the past 10 years, the provincial Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin have helped local victims build houses and provided them with funding.

Speaking at the ceremony, Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Van Rinh, president of the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, called for more support from state agencies, social organisations and enterprises to victims.

The provincial People’s Committee presented 120 gift packages, worth 500,000 VND each, to the Agent Orange/Dioxin victims while more than 700 million VND was donated to the locality’s Agent Orange/Dioxin fund during the event.

The association and 13 individuals received Certificate of Merit from the prime minister for their works between 2011 and 2015.-VNA