Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Joint efforts needed to care for AO victims

(VOV) - The whole society should join hands to care for victims of Agent Orange/dioxin, said Minister of National Defence, General Phung Quang Thanh.

More efforts to help AO victims

General Thanh, who is also a Party Politburo member, emphasized this at a meeting with the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) on July 30. He said this tragic aftermath of the American war remains a big problem and resolving it will take a long time.

VAVA President Nguyen Van Rinh said that, since it was established seven years ago, the Association has mobilised social resources to provide the victims with both physical and mental support. The VAVA has developed and now has 58 provincial and municipal branches nationwide.

Despite economic difficulties, the Party and State have issued numerous policies to support AO victims, while businesses and donors have also joined hands to care for the victims.

However, Mr. Rinh said, only 200,000 out of more than 3 million victims have benefited from the Party and State’s policies. Third-generation victims and those living or working in seriously infected areas are still facing difficulties.

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