President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man (L) presents gifts to patients at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi on January 27 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man visited low-income cancer patients at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi on January 27 ahead of the traditional Lunar New Year festival (Tet).

Presenting gifts to 100 patients, Man, also a member of the Party Central Committee, spoke with them and expressed his sympathies for their difficulties, especially having to stay in hospital for treatment during Tet – a time for family reunions.

The gift presentation was an activity of the Support Fund for Cancer Patients – For a Bright Future that aims to offer aid to cancer patients.

The official hailed the fund’s work over the last seven years to provide more than 24,000 patients with cash and anti-cancer drugs worth some 400 billion VND (17.35 million USD) in total.

Such assistance has helped assure patients they are not alone in the fight against cancer, he added.

He said he hopes the fund will continue developing across the country and boost connections with localities, hospitals and the Vietnam Medical Association.

Man also praised efforts by staff of Bach Mai Hospital during its 108-year history to become a leading healthcare establishment.-VNA