Intellectuals and artists in Ho Chi Minh City pledged to make more contributions to the nation’s science and art for the benefits of people while meeting with President Truong Tan Sang on February 16.

The President extended his New Year greetings to the city’s outstanding figures in the fields amid the atmospheric spring festival which is dominant across the country.

While visiting Professor Nguyen Chan Hung, former Director of the municipal Oncology Hospital and Chairman of the Vietnam Cancer Society, the State leader spoke highly of his expertise contributions to the healthcare, especially in cancer treatment.

President Truong Tan Sang expressed his hope that the doctor will do more for the national medical development, particularly the formation of a cancer treatment system that can be accessible to everyone.

Meeting with 95-year-old researcher Nguyen Dinh Dau, the President acknowledged his remarkable devotion to the fields of history and geography, saying Dau’s researches are beneficial to the Vietnamese science.

The President also visited People’s Artist Do Kim Cuong, Vice President of the city’s Association in Support of Disabled People and Orphans, the State leader confirmed that artists are crucial to preserving and promoting national cultural values.-VNA