British businesses donate VND500 million to Vietnam for COVID-19 fight

VOV.VN - The British Business Group Vietnam (BBGV) on April 13 donated 2,700 N95 masks and 2,000 protective suits worth over VND500 million to the Vietnam Young Physicians Association (VYPA) 13 to support the country’s battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

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At the hand over ceremony

The donation represented “our appreciation to the Vietnamese government's efforts to keep all safe in this unprecedented health crisis“, said Alex Falter, BBGV Vice Chairman.

This donation will benefit frontline healthcare workers in five major hospitals and testing institutes across the country, including the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, the Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute, the Pasteur Institute of Nha Trang and the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi

Dr Phan Minh Hoang, VYPA Vice President, emphasised their mission is to “get the expertise to serve the community while asking young doctors to raise ethical, creative work”.

He spoke highly of the British community’s contribution and expected further collaboration with the BBGV in community services in the coming time.

Addressing the ceremony, Ian Gibbons, HM Consul General to HCM City lauded relentless efforts made by the Vietnamese government in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the UK, including UK businesses, have committted to full support and cooperation with Vietnam to get through this unprecedented coronavirus challenge.

Founded in 1966, the British Business Group Vietnam with 250 company members have worked with communities in Vietnam to support its development.

BBGV has a long history of charitable activities dating back to the 1990s through fund-raising activities such as the Fun Run for Charity in both Hanoi and HCMC and implementing projects on education, health care, the elderly and wildlife.

VOV/British Embassy

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