Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Social Security (VSS) on February 8 launched a programme to bring a warm Tet (Lunar New Year) festival to poor patients covered by health insurance in central and provincial-level hospital across the country.

At least 1,000 gift packages are set to be presented to the patients with funding raised from VSS staff and donors.

The two-day programme is held in different forms in localities depending on the developments of COVID-19.

Earlier in 2020, the VSS carried out numerous charity activities to support victims of consecutive storms and flooding in the central and Central Highlands regions, including the raising of 1 billion VND for them, along with the provision of electronic health insurance cards for locals in 10 flood-hit provinces.

Last year, the sector collected nearly 11.6 billion VND as donation from its staff and donors to present nearly 73,500 health insurance cards and 940 health insurance record books to the needy./.