More than 1,500 children under 16-years-old in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai received free check-ups for congenital heart diseases on September 13-14 in a humanitarian programme to provide heart surgeries.

The event was part of the “Hearts for children” programme held by the Viettel Corporation in association with the Medical University’s Hospital, Bach Mai Hospital and Vietnam Television.

During the event, 36 cases of inborn heart defects were discovered, 10 of which need surgeries.

Their parents were provided guidance on formalities for assistance from the programme and charity organisations.

After seven years of operation, “Hearts for children” has helped conduct 2,700 heart surgeries for impoverished children nationwide. It targets to provide 30,000 free check-ups and 3,000 heart surgeries by 2020.-VNA