Forty-two children with harelips and cleft palates in the two Central Highlands provinces of Dak Nong and Dak Lak have received free check-ups and operations.

The programme for poor children in remote and ethnic minority areas, worth about 500 million VND, was carried out and supported by the Centre for Research and Aid for Operation Smile (OSCA) at Dak Nong province’s general hospital from May 19-21.

OSCA Director Bui Tu Anh said that this is the first time the centre has provided free check-ups and surgeries for poor children with facial disfigurements in Dak Nong province. It will continue to work with other relevant agencies in the future to perform operations to minimise the effects of facial disfigurement in children.

Also over four days from May 19-22, the Red Cross in Nghe An province, in conjunction with the Sponsors Association for Poor Patients, Dam Hoa Pagoda and Nguyen Trai Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City provided free eye tests and operations for 1,000 poor patients in eight districts around the central province.

At present, Nghe An has almost 200,000 disabled people, who are mostly poor and cannot afford medical treatment. The Red Cross in Nghe An province has also called for more support from sponsors and aid agencies nationwide.-VNA