More than 1,000 poor patients, mostly children, in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh received free heart check-ups on November 29-30.

The service was jointly conducted by the provincial Red Cross, the Chau Thanh district General Hospital and the Hoan My Saigon Hospital (HMSH).

This is the second time the HMSH has organised humanitarian activities for poor heart patients in Tra Vinh.

According to doctor Pham The Viet from the Hoan My Saigon Hospital, after check-ups, the hospital will join other sponsors to cover all the costs of heart surgery on child patients and 10-20 percent for adults.

On the occasion, the hospital signed a cooperation agreement with the provincial Red Cross to provide free heart check-ups and surgery for about 100 local children in 2014.-VNA