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Vietnamese communities lauded for supporting COVID-19 fight in Russia, Germany

07:45 | 16/04/2020

Vietnamese citizens have won widespread praise for supporting  the fight against the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in Russia and Germany.

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The Vietnamese community in St. Petersburg has present medical socks to health workers at Pokrovsk Hospital, who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients. Photo: VNA

According VNA, Chairman of the Standing Commission on Law and Order under the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly Alexander Kushchak recently thanked Vietnamese citizens for supporting the city’s Pokrovsk Hospital in the fight against the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.

His thanks come as Vietnamese in the city presented 635 pairs of medical socks on April 11 to health workers at the hospital with direct contact with COVID-19 patients.

He lauded Vietnam as a good example to follow in COVID-19 prevention and control.

Strict physical distancing and social unity, he said, have helped the country avoid the serious consequences caused by the disease in Europe and the US.

Meanwhile, Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper ran an article on April 14 with images of Vietnamese citizens presenting free face masks to local residents.

According to the article, the initiative was started by Dinh Thi Minh Thuy, an ethnic minority girl from the Central Highlands in Vietnam who married a Russian man and has lived in Moscow since 2018, who sews 20-30 face masks each day for locals.

vietnamese communities lauded for supporting covid 19 fight in russia germany
Vietnamese community has offered thousands of masks and gloves for hospitals and nursing homes in Germany. Source: The Federal Foreign Office's Facebook

The German Federal Foreign Office on April 14 also spoke highly of the Germany-Vietnam friendship in the fight against the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.

In a Facebook post, the office voiced its gratitude and appreciation for the support of the Vietnamese Government and people living in Germany in battling the disease.

Accordingly, Government of Vietnam have donated 110,000 protective masks to Germany and the same relief package to other European nations which are heavily hit by the pandemic, including France, the UK, Italy and Spain, said the office.

In addition, the Vietnamese community has offered thousands of masks and gloves for hospitals and nursing homes in Germany.

Vietnamese restaurants in the country are distributing thousands of food portions to doctors and nurses in hospitals’ intensive care units.

In return for the assistance, the World University Service Germany presented 20 water filter systems to the Vietnamese Government, which are able to provide clean water for 12,000 people, especially those in remote and mountainous areas, the German office noted.

vietnamese communities lauded for supporting covid 19 fight in russia germany
Vietnamese nationals work hard to sew masks for German residents. Source: The Federal Foreign Office's Facebook
vietnamese communities lauded for supporting covid 19 fight in russia germany
The Vietnamese community has offered thousands of masks and gloves for hospitals and nursing homes in Germany. Source: The Federal Foreign Office's Facebook
vietnamese communities lauded for supporting covid 19 fight in russia germany
Vietnamese nationals in Germany prepare meals for medical facilities in the country. Source: The Federal Foreign Office's Facebook

As their contribution to the fight against the COVID 19 pandemic, the National Staff Representative Committee (NSRC) of the German Organisation of International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit - GIZ) in Vietnam, called on GIZ staff to make donations to the Hanoi Emergency Center and the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

In the short period from April 6 to April 9, the German, Vietnamese and international staff raised a total of VND 53,8 million (USD 2.298)./.

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