Hanoi (VNA) – Over 1,400 health insurance cards for 2018, worth a total of about 240 million VND (10,560 USD), were presented to near-poor people in Kon Tum city, the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum, on March 8 by life insurer Hanwha Life Vietnam.

Hanwha Vietnam also donated 1.4 billion VND (61,600 USD) to help around 8,150 near-poor people in Nghe An, Ca Mau and Lam Dong provinces purchase health insurance.

It is the fifth consecutive year the life insurer has given away health insurance cards to people living in difficult circumstances.

Earlier, the firm presented a total of over 37,500 health insurance cards, 30 houses and 360 gift packages to people in need across the country.

It was estimated, by the end of 2017, about 26,100 poor households and 8,380 near-poor households in Kon Tum, or 26.81 percent of the local population, were in need of support to purchase health insurance.

Founded in 1946, Hanwha Life Insurance is the oldest life insurance company in the Republic of Korea (RoK). It has grown to be the country’s leading life insurer with total assets of 84 billion USD and an AAA solvency rating from prominent rating agencies.

In Kon Tum’s neighbouring province of Dak Nong, the provincial Department of Health hosted a charity concert, namely “Dem nhac Blouse trang” (White Blouse Music Night) to raise funds for poor patients.

The event collected more than 800 million VND and 1.2 tonnes of rice which will be used to offer free meals to impoverished in-patients in the province.

According to the Department of Health, five local hospitals have set up charity kitchens so far which provide nearly 50,000 free meals every year.-VNA