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Phnom Penh (VNA) – A crowd of poor overseas Vietnamese (OVs) in Cambodia and local people were presented gifts and provided with free check-ups on the occasion of the traditional Chol Chnam Thmay New Year festival of the country.

The activity was jointly held by t he State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA)’s chapter in Ho Chi Minh City, the Vietnamese Embassy and the General Association of Vietnamese-Cambodian People in Cambodia, and the Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, at the Chak Angre II hospital in Phnom Penh.

According to Vice Chairwoman of COVA’s HCM City branch Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh, the gifts, totalling 500 million VND (22,500 USD), were granted by the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee to OVs and Cambodian households who were affected by a fire in February .

Hanh said this annual activity, hosted by the municipal People’s Committee in conjunction with her agency, aimed to help disadvantaged OVs and Cambodian families overcome difficulties in their lives.-VNA