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According to Vice Chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs Luong Thanh Nghi, Vietnamese people living, studying and working in Poland, the Czech Republic and Russia donated nearly 80,000 face masks, hundreds of bottles of antiseptic, protective gears and medical gloves to help the northern province of Vinh Phuc’s Son Loi commune and hospitals in Hanoi to prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic.
Notably, businessman Johnathan Hanh Nguyen, an overseas Vietnamese (OV) in the Philippines, donated 25 billion VND (1 billion USD). Meanwhile, Nguyen Thi Minh Hong from German presented equipment to install two negative pressure rooms for a COVID-19 treatment hospital in HCM City’s Cu Chi district. She is expected to donate equipment for 10 more similar rooms to health facilities in other localities nationwide.
Tran Ngoc Phuc, Chairman of the Vietnamese Association in Japan, Director of Metran Co. Ltd, transferred technology and helped Vietnamese partners produce ventilators at low prices.
Chairman of the Vietnamese Entrepreneurs Association in the UK Pham Minh Nam and Truong Thi Thu Huong, an OV in China, also donated 1 billion VND each (42,000 USD) to the effort.
Nghi said that many Vietnamese intellectuals living abroad have proposed initiatives and technological solutions to the prevention work, adding that Vietnamese associations and individuals in France the US, and other countries have also organised fundraising activities to help people in the homeland.
While highlighting the importance of the contributions, Nghi affirmed that OVs have served as bridges to promote the friendship between Vietnam and other countries in the world, and Vietnam's extensive international integration.
As of the end of April 4, Vietnam had reported 240 COVID-19 cases, of which 90 patients fully recovered.
|Members of a local Vietnamese Facebook group make masks to donate to nearby hospitals and clinics, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Kati Barnett’s home in Tacoma, Washington, U.S. Image Credit: Reuters|
|Khai Nguyen and Nguyen Nguyen arrive with 150 masks that they made at home, as they and others from a local Vietnamese Facebook make masks to donate to nearby hospitals and clinics, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Kati Barnett’s home in Tacoma, Washington, U.S. Image Credit: Reuters|
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