Relevant departments and branches are advised to enlarge the special water tank in Hoan Kiem Lake to provide the lake’s giant turtle with better treatment and care before it is released back into the lake.

The request was made by Deputy Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Van Khoi at a meeting of the Turtle Treatment Taskforce, in Hanoi on June 22.

He also asked Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and Environment to improve Hoan Kiem Lake’s environment, especially the lake’s water quality, adding that Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is responsible for building draft regulations for managing Sword Lake area to submit to the city People’s Committee for approval in August.

The giant turtle living in Hoan Kiem Lake in downtown Hanoi was found suffering from diseases earlier this year. It was successfully captured and herded onto a special filtered water tank on the island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake for medical treatment.

After more than two months of treatment, the wounds of Hoan Kiem Lake ’s giant turtle have healed and it has recovered from illness./.