The Ministry of Health has committed to standing by fishermen through a programme launched in Ly Son island district, the central province of Quang Ngai , on May 31.

Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said that the East Sea is the traditional fishing ground of the Vietnamese fishermen. Being in good health will help fishermen stay more frequently at sea, thus contributing to safeguarding the country’s sea and island sovereignty.

Through this drive, the ministry calls on the whole sector and social organisations to take practical actions supporting fishermen and officers in defending their sovereignty, she added.

On this occasion, the ministry presented medicine chests and first-aid kits to 300 offshore fishing vessels from Ly Son Island.

Free checks-up and eye surgeries were also offered to locals, while three courses are planned to equip fishermen with first-aid skills.-VNA