Thousands of senior citizens receive free-of-charge medical check-up

The program “ For the  senior’s health in 2014” provided free medicines and examination of heart diseases, diabetes, cancer to more than 32,500 senior people in the country within two months, said Chairman of the Association of Young Doctor Tran Van Thuan at a meeting held to mark the International Day of Older Persons (October 1).  

Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan congratulates young doctors who received certificates of merit for their contribution to the community activities to benefit the country at the meeting held in Hanoi on Oct. 1st, 2014 ( Photo: SGGP)

The meeting to review the program “ For the  senior’s health in 2014” themed “ Young doctors follow Uncle Ho’s teaching and act voluntarily for community health” was held by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the Association of Young Doctor held

The program lasted from August 3 to October 1 nationwide.

Over 3,000 young doctors and 5,000 members of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union worked voluntarily in 63 provinces of the country to provide medical check-up to elderly people.

The program also presented 35,000 gifts to elderly people and retired persons from families in the top welfare brackets. The program doctors conducted more than 500 free eye operations for elderly people.

Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee President Nguyen Thien Nhan highly appreciated the initiative of the Association of Young Physician in taking care of senior citizen, affirming that young people have contributed much to the country.

Various voluntary activities across the country manifest their kindness, he added.

Mr. Nhan pointed out that currently Vietnamese elderly population comprised 10 percent of the nation's population; accordingly, taking care of senior people is the responsibility of the society.

He encouraged the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, the Vietnam Youth Federation and the Association of Young Doctor to continue many programs to support elderly citizens in the country.

Mr. Nhan also issued a guideline to the National Committee of Ageing of Vietnam, the Ministry of Health and the Association of the Elderly of Vietnam and related agencies to facilitate the activities of the Young Physician Association.

Mr. Nhan also suggested organizing the special day for the elderly people monthly.

At the meeting, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien was announced to be honor chairman of the Association of Young Doctor.

On this occasion, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien highly appreciated and lauded the association’s activities in the past time.

Minister Kim Tien said that the Ministry was focusing on building more hospitals and special divisions in medical clinics to treat elderly people’s disease.

There have been special policies for such honor senior citizens as well, said the minister.

The ministry will mobilize all units under the departments of health in 63 provinces to accompany with activities of the Association of Young Docotr in taking care of elderly people in distant and disadvantaged areas. Especially young good doctors will be sent to work voluntarily in poor regions in the country.

By Quoc Lap – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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