The two-storey station has 13 rooms (including five rooms for in-patients) equipped with modern equipment and facilities. Once operational, the station can provide healthcare for around 5,000 locals in the commune and neighboring localities.

The VND-3.9-billion (nearly USD 168,000) station is expected to make positive changes to the locality and improve its people’s living standards, as Ky Tan is one of the needy localities of Ba Thuoc district and people had to travel a long distance to reach the nearest medical station.

At the event

At the ceremony, Doctor Hoang Thi Dung, Head of the medical station, expressed delight at the operation of the medical station, affirming that it will help ease pressure on district-level hospitals and raise the quality of health services in the locality.

Lo Van Thang, Deputy Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ba Thuoc district, highly appreciated Viettel’s great support over the past time. For the past nine years, the group has financed VND 70 billion (more than USD 3 million) to assist the district in reducing poverty. As a result, the locality’s poverty rate now stands at 13.3%, compared to 50% in 2009.

Over the past time, Viettel has invested in education and healthcare, as they are the two core sectors in its sustainable poverty reduction program, said Senior Colonel Le Ngoc Vinh, Viettel’s Deputy Political Director.

Ha Van Nguyet, Chairman of Ky Tan Commune People’s Committee, delightfully said that the operation of the medical station has turned local people’s dream into reality, as it would help the commune’s health sector meet locals’ need for healthcare.

Earlier, Viettel had presented educational equipment to three schools in Muong Lat district, Thanh Hoa province, as part of its practical activities to realize the Government’s Resolution 30A on assisting needy localities. Those gifts helped the schools soon resume teaching and students come back to their study after the recent flood.

The group has also conducted other social welfare programs, including Internet for schools, hearts for children and breeding cows for needy people in border areas, in Thanh Hoa province’s districts to benefit locals.

Translated by Tran Hoai