As many as 150 cabinets of medicine were presented to fishermen in central Phu Yen province on April 15 by the Ministry of Health and local authorities.

The beneficiaries hail from Tuy Hoa City (70), Tuy An district (30), Dong Hoa district (30), and Song Cau town (20).

The cabinets, each worth over 2 million VND (100 USD), funded by the Health Trade Union, contain various kinds of common medicines and medical tools, and can be used by fishermen should they become ill or injured at sea.

The event is part of a programme launched by the government to improve fishermen’s health when they work offshore, contributing to economic development and the protection of national territorial waters, Deputy Minister of Health Pham Le Tuan said at the offering ceremony.

Phan Thuan, a beneficiary from Tuy Hoa City, said the offerings will help him and his colleagues feel more secure in doing their offshore work, when medical assistance may be far away.-VNA