Ho Chi Minh City hospitals bring Tet to poor patients
VOV.VN - A number of hospitals based in Ho Chi Minh City have organised various charity programmes, including zero-dong markets, in an effort to help patients and their families who have to spend their Tet in hospital.
Carrying two gift bags from the "Zero Dong Market" of Thu Duc City Hospital, 46-year-old Huynh Van Thien put them at the foot of the bed before then taking two boxes of jelly cakes to feed his mother. After that, he continues to go to the charity market in order to get a free haircut and ask for calligraphy works.
Thien has been taking care of his 65-year-old mother in the Department of Neurology for the past 10 days.
“I’m so happy to receive this support with essential necessities from the market to prepare for Tet holidays, such as rice, sugar, cooking oil, soy sauce, and food. I am a single dad with three children. I will bring the gifts to my kids,” Thien excitedly shared.
Vu Tri Thanh, deputy director in charge of Thu Duc City Hospital, said that this is the 10th “Zero Dong Market” put on by the hospital. It aims to serve hundreds of patients who endure difficult circumstances, come from poor households, disabled people, and lonely people in the area for free.
Thanh shared that The “Zero Dong Market” for the Lunar New Year showcases the desire of the doctors, nurses, and medical staff of Thu Duc City Hospital to bring joy to underprivileged patients, thereby giving them strength and a spiritual boost to help patients live happily in the early days of spring.
Each person who comes to the site was given a total of 12 vouchers to receive goods at 28 stalls with more than 3,000 gifts. In addition, there are also areas for patients and their relatives with interesting activities, such as painting, calligraphy, haircut, and photography.
“In addition to the Zero Dong market, in the past week, leaders of the hospital also went to many departments to give gifts and lucky money to difficult and poor patients,” Thanh revealed.
He added that on New Year's Eve, the hospital‘s Board of Directors will continue to visit and give lucky money to patients staying at there.
Contributing a booth to the "Zero Dong Market” with 100 gifts of cooking oil, candy, and instant noodles for patients, Lam Thi Ngoc Tuyet, head of Lam Lac Thien Charitable Club, shared that the club wants to take care of poor and disadvantaged families so they can enjoy a warm and happy Tet, whilst also spreading human values to the community.
Warming up patients’ soul
Meanwhile, the Ho Chi Minh City-based Gia Dinh People's Hospital also presented a number of valuable gifts to more than 250 patients, including 50 pediatric patients facing difficult circumstances.
A voucher worth between VND800,000 to VND1 million is donated to each patient, making it possible for them to purchase essentials for the upcoming Tet.
“I’m grateful to the organisers for creating an opportunity for poor patients like me to welcome a warm holiday,” Nguyen Van Loc, a resident of the Mekong Delta locality of Ben Tre, shared.
According to Nguyen Le Minh Thong, head of the Social Work Department at the hospital, for poor patients receiving treatment far from home, spiritual gifts have encouraged them to have more motivation and get better quickly, thus enabling them to return to their families.
“Through the facial expressions and emotions of the patients in the programme, we can see that the pains caused by the diseases are also relieved, and joy is clearly seen on every facial expression,” Thong stressed.
“We feel happy as we can contribute a little happiness to the patients being treated here," he added.
On the occasion of Lunar New Year, children’s hospitals throughout Ho Chi Minh City have also launched a broad array of meaningful activities for child patients to help them enjoy the festive atmosphere.
The Children’s Hospital 1 have arranged vehicles to carry many young patients back to their homes to enjoy a traditional Tet. The patients were also presented with Tet gifts and lucky money.
Moreover, a “zero dong market” with 30 booths was set up to offer essential items, soft drinks, milk, banh chung (square sticky rice cake), and cash to poor pediatric patients at the hospital.
The practical programmes also help disadvantaged patients to overcome the hardest times of their life and enjoy a warm Tet.