Programme gives free medical treatment to poor patients hinh anh 1A medical worker takes a patient's blood sample (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – A programme named “For Poor Patients” made debut on September 15 with the aim to provide free medical check-ups and treatment for 1,500 patients with disadvantaged backgrounds nationwide.

Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, Chairwoman of the Vietnam Red Cross Society Central Committee, said needy patients will receive free examination and treatment at Vinmec hospitals in Hanoi, Ha Long city, Nha Trang city, Phu Quoc island and Ho Chi Minh City.

Alongside the “For Poor Patients” programme, a free cancer screening programme will also be held at the Hospital of the HCM City University of Medicine and Pharmacy and the Vinmec Central Park Hospital in HCM City from September 23 to October 7. It is intended to screen 2,500 people for breast cancer, cervical cancer and colorectal cancer.

Also on September 15, the oncology centre of the HCM City-based Military Hospital 175 provided free cancer screening and advice for 100 patients, including welfare policy beneficiaries and revolution contributors.-VNA