The poor and those living near the poverty line in Ho Chi Minh City will enjoy free healthcare under a drive launched on September 4.

Beneficiaries include those earning less than 12 million VND a year (570 USD), poor families of war heroes, homeless elderly, orphan children and those with disabilities. They will receive health check-ups, medicine and insurance cards for free.

Those in need of regular examinations will also benefit from the drive – a joint effort of the Ho Chi Minh City chapter of the Vietnam Fatherland Front and the Department of Health.

The city will fund 50 percent of the value of each insurance card while private hospitals and clinics will be called on to fund the remainder.

To improve the health of local citizens, a campaign to say no to unsafe vegetables, banned food additives and unhygienic slaughter of poultry and cattle will also get underway.-VNA