Quang Tri (VNA) – A club of doctors from the Vietnam Military Medical University are providing free medical checkups and medicine for impoverished people from ethnic minority groups in the central province of Quang Tri on July 18 – 19.

The charitable event is also joined by the veterans association of the Vietnam News Agency and Quang Tri-born people living in Hanoi to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the Day of War Invalids and Martyrs (July 27).

The doctors examined health of and offered free medicine to more than 500 ethnic minority people from four communes in the mountainous district of Dakrong namely Ta Rut, A Ngo, A Bung and A Vao.

According to Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Medical Association Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dinh Ngoc Sy, most of people coming to the event suffer from diseases related to dermatology, digestion, respiration and vision which are mainly caused by their old way of living and backward customs.

In addition, these people have very little access to scientific advances as they live far from the communal centre.

The 500 million VND (21,500 USD) programme is expected to benefit more than 1,000 ethnic minority people.-VNA