Vietnamese Religious Organizations Join Hands to Fight Covid-19

With the complicated development of the Covid-19 pandemic in Vietnam, religious organizations have actively accompanied the Government in the prevention of the pandemic with practical contributions.
September 16, 2021 | 16:34
Vietnamese Religious Organizations Join Hands to Fight Covid-19
Religions respond to the launching ceremony of donations to support the prevention and control of the Covid-19 pandemic on May 27. Photo: Vietnam Fatherland Front

Following the direction of the Prime Minister on the prevention and control of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government Committee for Religious Affairs worked with leaders of religious organizations on the implementation of the prevention and control of the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, the committee guides religious organization in the area to well perform pandemic prevention under the direction of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health.

On that basis, religious organizations have strictly implemented measures to prevent and control the Covid-19 pandemic under the direction of the Prime Minister, the instructions of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Home Affairs and local authorities.

Although the suspension of mass religious activities has greatly affected the spiritual life of believers, most religious organizations agree, voluntarily comply, and are determined to fight the pandemic.

Along with strengthening the prevention and control of the Covid-19 pandemic, religious organizations also joined hands and actively contributed in many forms to the Covid-19 fight.

Vietnamese Religious Organizations Join Hands to Fight Covid-19
Buddhism in Long An province actively mobilizes monks, nuns and Buddhists to contribute funds and materials to support the local pandemic prevention and control. Photo: Fatherland Front

The Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam has campaigned and purchased 10 multi-function ventilators worth VND6.7 billion (US$294,045) to give to Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, and Long An province.

The Sangha has also sent a document to the government proposing to use some monastic facilities as field hospitals and isolation areas for monks and nuns.

In Ho Chi Minh City, 690 monks, nuns and Buddhists volunteered to participate in activities to support the functional forces taking care of patients at field hospitals in the area.

Along with that, the Catholic Bishops' Conference instructs priests, religious and believers to coordinate with the government to prevent the pandemic such as supporting medical research centers, collaborating with functional departments, empowering doctors and hospitals. They also create favorable physical and mental conditions for everyone in the isolation area, helping the family of the patient being treated.

Vietnamese Religious Organizations Join Hands to Fight Covid-19
Catholic nuns help register for Covid-19 vaccine at District 11 Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Vietnam Fatherland Front

Particularly, the Catholic Bishops' Conference has donated 3 billion dong (US$131,649) to the Government's Covid-19 vaccine fund.

Responding to the call of the Catholic Bishops' Conference, many dioceses have organized fundraising activities to support people affected by the pandemic. Besides, a group of volunteer monks was also established to help medical staff in hospitals in southern provinces and cities.

It can be said that, in addition to material contributions, the contribution of quality human resources of religions has helped volunteers nationwide to help nurses and doctors take better care of patients, share hardships of frontline forces fighting the pandemic.

During the fight against Covid-19, with different contributions and support of each religion, Professor Le Thi Lien, Government Committee for Religious Affairs, said that this shows social and public responsibility. Those are noble gestures, the spirit, the value of religious ethics, the demonstration of religion in the hearts of the nation.

Vietnamese Religious Organizations Join Hands to Fight Covid-19
Thich Minh Phu, who is in charge of "Tuong Nguyen Charity Kitchen", prepares food and sends it to the medical staff at the field hospital, and the poor in isolation and treatment areas. Photo: Vietnam Fatherland Front

At the same time, this good gesture also shows that dignitaries and followers of religions put their trust in the Party, Government and functional sectors in the prevention of the pandemic.

Thereby, the awareness of individuals and religious organizations about life safety of themselves, their families and the community is enhanced. Religious organizations understand that religious beliefs, the practice of rituals can only be achieved when living conditions are guaranteed.

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