A group of more than 40 voluntary nurses and doctors from Ho Chi Minh City has provided free medical checkups and treatments for over 1,000 overseas Vietnamese and poor people in Cambodia’s Koh Kong province.

From March 29-30, they examined and distributed medicines to local patients suffering from diseases related to ophthalmology, reproductive health and bones.

Koh Kong province’s Deputy Governor Pen Bun Chhuoi highly praised Vietnamese businesses and donors for their collaboration with the provincial Overseas Vietnamese Association to take care of local people’s health.

He remarked the charitable activities run by Vietnamese benefactors in Koh Kong have contributed to the Cambodian Government’s poverty reduction policy, which he said is a vivid manifestation of the longstanding friendship between the two countries.

Over recent years, the Koh Kong Association of Cambodians of Vietnamese Origin has arranged a number of free-of-charge medical care programmes for the poor in the locality. In late 2012, a group of doctors from Ho Chi Minh City offered a similar programme and presented relief aid to over 2,000 patients living in difficulty in Koh Kong.-VNA