People join hands in fighting against nCoV epidemic

Sunday, 2020-02-09 15:09:37
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Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh (L) hands over medical equipment and supplies to Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo
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NDO – A delegation of Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) lead by Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Khanh visited the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam on February 8 to present medical equipment and supplies for to Chinese people for nCoV prevention.

Deputy Minister Khanh highly appreciated extraordinary efforts made by the Chinese Government and people amidst tackling the complicated developments of the epidemic, while expressing his hope that medical supplies donated by the MoIT would greatly help Chinese people fighting the epidemic.

He voiced his belief that China would soon win the fight against the nCoV epidemic.

For his part, Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo conveyed his sincere thanks to MoIT’s staff for their support to Chinese people, affirming that Chinese Party, Government and people have rallied their efforts to control the nCoV epidemic.

Also on February 8, at Hoanh Mo border gate in Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province, the authorities of Binh Lieu district, handed over 20,000 medical masks and 250 kg chemical disinfectants to the authorities and people of Fangchenggang city in China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The move aimed to support Chinese people in the prevention and control of nCoV infection while bolstering the friendship between Vietnam and China as well as between Binh Lieu district and Zhuang Autonomous Region in particular.

In a joint effort to fight against the nCoV epidemic, the Hanoi City’s Youth Union has delivered more than 510,000 medical masks and over 7,000 bottles of disinfectant hand sanitizer to the city dwellers over the past week.

The city’s youth union members have also launched communication campaigns at heritage sites, tourist attractions, and schools in the city to update people with information and preventive measures against the threat of nCoV.

A policeman hands out leaflets on preventive measures against the threat of nCoV for a schoolchild in Hanoi

Meanwhile in Ho Chi Minh City, hundreds of local young people are calling on their friends via social media and others to visit the Blood Transfusion Haematology Hospital and Humanitarian Blood Donation Centre to donate blood to address the shortage amid the ongoing public health emergency caused by the coronavirus.

According to the hospital’s director Dr Phu Chi Dung, coronavirus has made people reluctant to visit hospitals to donate, and so only 200-300 packets are received per day now compared to 800-1,000 before the outbreak of the coronavirus. The volume of each package is between 250 and 450 millilitres.

People who come to the hospital to donate blood are screened for diseases and given masks and hand sanitisers to ensure their safety.

According to the Ministry of Education and Training, authorities of cities and provinces nationwide have ordered schools and education facilities to close from February 10 to 16 amid an on-going public health emergency caused by the nCoV epidemic.

In several localities such as Khanh Hoa, Yen Bai, Ha Tinh, Dien Bien and Nghe An, all schools will be closed from February 10 until further notice.