Voluntary group actively supports OVs in Russia during pandemic hinh anh 1Nguyen Hung Phong, a founding member of the group (Photo: VNA)

Moscow (VNA) – A group of over 60 volunteers in Russia, which was formed on March 28, has timely provided much-needed support for overseas Vietnamese affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.  

One of the main activities of the group is to assist those who are infected with the coronavirus or get sick. The volunteers worked as interpreters for them during medical examination or hospitalisation, and gave them advices.

Nguyen Hung Phong, a founding member of the group, said many Vietnamese living in Moscow are not fluent in Russian, lack of information, have no knowledge of health and no medical insurance, so they are very confused and often feel abandoned when falling ill.

Phong said that was the reason why the group was founded, aiming to support the compatriots to overcome the difficult time.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Russia also set up a group of medical students and held consultations to help the community.

The embassy has organised two online consultation programmes to connect OVs with doctors back in Vietnam, which have proved effective, helping to equip the Vietnamese community in Russia with essential knowledge for about the pandemic./.