Local Friendship Union Receives Anti-Pandemic Assistance From Several Organizations

Can Tho recently received and distributed Covid-19 prevention and control aid worth over VND 750 million
November 27, 2021 | 06:39
Can Tho Receives Covid-19 Support From Several Organizations
Nguyen Trung Nhan, chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Can Tho City, symbolically presents AVPN's support through WWO to the units.

Can Tho Union of Friendship Organizations has recently held a ceremony to receive and distribute Covid-19 aid sponsored by the Irish Embassy through Family Health International (FHI 360) and AVPN sponsored through U.S.-based Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO) to hospitals and frontline units to share the difficulties in pandemic prevention and control of the units?

The aid of medical supplies to the hospitals from the Irish Embassy in Vietnam sponsored through the organization FHI 360/US includes 5,000 over-the-ear N95 masks, 3,000 N95 masks, 20,000 standard medical masks, 3,000 protective suits, 12,000 medical gloves and 3,000 anti-droplet glasses, worth nearly VND 500 million (USD 22.000).

After receiving, the Can Tho Union will transfer to the City General Hospital, the City Obstetrics Hospital, and the No 3 Field Hospital (Ho Chi Minh City Hospital of Traditional Medicine) to support the prevention and control work at the hospitals.

Meanwhile, the aid for disadvantaged children affected by the Covid-19 outbreak in the city, sponsored by AVPN through WWO, will support 136 children at six units, with a total value of over VND 255 million (USD 11.200). The aid is part of a program within the framework of the project "Supporting children and young people with special circumstances in Can Tho City" funded by WWO.

Can Tho Receives Covid-19 Support From Several Organizations
Duong Tan Hien, standing vice chairman of the Can Tho City People's Committee, presents the Irish Embassy's support through the FHI360 organization to hospitals.

Le Thi Thanh Giang, president of Can Tho Union, said that during the current complicated situation of Covid-19, the above-mentioned supports are not only material support for prevention work, fight against epidemics and treat patients at hospitals, for children in difficult circumstances due to the impact of the epidemic, but also a great source of spiritual encouragement, helping the city's health sector to have more conditions for prevention, fight and progress to repel the pandemic. At the same time, support the city take better care of the health and life of children and pediatric patients.

"This activity also demonstrates the solidarity and friendship of countries towards Vietnam in general and Can Tho City in particular through international organizations and foreign NGOs," stressed Giang.

At the ceremony, Ngo Thi Thuy, country director of WWO in Vietnam, said that the program would not be able to be implemented in a sustainable way without the coordination of leaders, officers and collaborators of the Center for Disease Control, Can Tho School for Children with Disabilities, Children's Hospital, Cancer Hospital, Blood and Hematology Hospital, Association of Victims of Agent Orange in Can Tho.

According to Thuy, over the past 4 years, more than 400 children, adolescents and their relatives in Can Tho have improved their quality of life thanks to the active support of relevant departments and organizations. She believes that with the attention of the whole society, the difficulties caused by the pandemic will be alleviated so that the children can continue to study, live, and develop like their peers.

Can Tho Receives Covid-19 Support From Several Organizations
Le Thi Thanh Giang, president of Can Tho Union of Friendship Organizations.

On behalf of FHI360, Phan Hong Linh, deputy regional director off Alive&Thrive Southeast Asia, hopes that the support of the Embassy of Ireland and Alive&Thrive will contribute to ensuring the safety of medical staff, patients in frontline hospitals. At the same time, maintain medical examination and treatment activities, especially health care services for the most vulnerable groups including pregnant women, mothers and infants. “We will continue to look for funding sources to support hospitals and localities as much as possible,” added Linh.

Speaking at the reception ceremony, Standing Vice Chairman of Can Tho City People's Committee Duong Tan Hien said that the Covid-19 situation in the city is still complicated. Hospitals and frontline forces are still lacking in protective equipment and medical supplies for disease prevention and control. Vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly are still facing many difficulties due to the impact of the Covid-19.

In the past time, the city has received a lot of aid from international organizations, businesses and sponsors with the amount of over VND 300 billion (USD 13.200). In addition to material contributions, the city must mobilize many forces to participate in epidemic prevention. The whole political system has stepped in with the determination to contain and control the epidemic to restore economic development and return people's lives to a new normal, Hien stressed.

On behalf of the City People's Committee, Hien thanked the Irish Embassy through FHI360 for providing medical supplies to hospitals and AVPV through WWO for supporting children. I am in a difficult situation due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hien also said that he would direct the distribution and assign to units to use effectively for epidemic prevention and control.

Can Tho Receives Covid-19 Support From Several Organizations
The ceremony was held at Can Tho Union and online at 2 bridge points of WWO and FHI360.

According to Giang, in the past time, with the role of focal point in promoting and mobilizing foreign aid, Can Tho Union has coordinated with departments, agencies, mass organizations, and other agencies. Relevant agencies and units constantly promote the work of planning, organize delegations to promote and mobilize aid for social security, humanitarian and charity activities and development projects of Can Tho City in many fields and achieved many positive and remarkable results.

In 2021, the Can Tho Union has implemented 15 projects and programs, and at the same time mobilized foreign NGOs and potential donors to implement more new projects, with a total campaign value nearly VND 10 billion (USD 441.000). Since 2020, when the Covid-19 outbreak broke out and became increasingly complicated, the Can Tho Union has actively contacted hospitals and frontline units in the city to capture information and needs on equipment and medical supplies, necessities to support the prevention and control of Covid-19. At the same time, connect with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO), the People's Aid Coordination Committee (PACCOM) and foreign NGOs to mobilize support for hospitals and frontline units to contribute to the city government's Covid prevention and control. Up to now, the total physical value in money and money mobilized by the Can Tho Union from foreign NGOs, domestic enterprises and benefactors is about VND 3.7 billion (USD 163.100).

At the ceremony, the President of Can Tho Union sent his sincere thanks to the Irish Embassy, FHI360 for supporting medical supplies for hospitals and AVPV, WWO for supporting children in difficult circumstances due to Covid. The Can Tho Union hopes that the two organizations will continue to pay attention to and support the prevention and control of Covid-19 in particular and the people's external activities in general of Can Tho city in the coming time.

Vietnam recorded 12,450 cases of Covid-19, during 24 hours from 4 pm Nov. 24 to 4 pm Nov. 25, according to the Ministry of Health.

Ho Chi Minh City continued to record the highest number of infections with 1,582, followed by Can Tho city with 741 and Tay Ninh with 683. The national tally reached 1,168,228. Given complicated developments of the Covid-19 pandemic in Vietnam, international solidarity and emergency medical supplies have poured in Vietnam.

The German Ambassador to Vietnam, Guido Hildner, recently handed over 75 ventilators, 15 monitors and 20,000 pulse oximeters worth a total of VND 21 billion (USD 926.200) to the Hanoi University Hospital. The donation announced by Chancellor Angela Merkel to Prine Minister Pham Minh Chinh followed a request by PM Chinh to the Chancellor to support Vietnam's fight against the pandemic.

On the occasion of the handover of the medical equipment, Ambassador Hildner stressed that Germany would continue to support Vietnam in the fight against the pandemic to the best of its ability. Germany had already provided a total of 3.45 million doses of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine to support Vietnam's vaccination campaign in September 2021.

A batch of 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the Argentinean Government arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Nov. 24 afternoon.

Can Tho Receives Covid-19 Support From Several Organizations
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On Nov. 25, the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City also has received 10,000 ampoules of Cytoflavin used to treat infected patients, sponsored by Russia's Polysan Company.

Timur Sadykov, Consul General of the Russian Federation in the city, said that over the past time, the two countries have exchanged experiences on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Covid-19.

Now, with the donation of 10,000 ampoules of Cytoflavin, Sadykov hopes that coordination activities will increasingly expand and strengthen the friendship between the two countries.

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