The program was part of the ongoing first Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia border defense friendship exchange.

People register for free health check-ups and medicines.

Addressing the event, Senior Colonel, Deputy Chief of the Department of Military Medicine under the General Department of Logistics, emphasized the traditional friendship between Vietnam and Laos. The two peoples have always stood side-by-side in the resistance wars for each nation’s independence and freedom. The ties have been constantly consolidated and comprehensively developed over the past decades, particularly in defense.

Doctor responsibly checks the health of a local.
People receiving medicines

The Vietnamese official said that the program showed not only the responsibility of the two militaries, but also the solidarity and gratitude to local people and authorities for their support to both militaries in the past struggles for national salvation. The program also gave a chance for both military medical forces to exchange experience to improve their expertise to better the care for troops and people.

Highlighting the free health check-ups and medicine giving program as one of the important cooperation activities, Colonel Phouvilay Phounsavath said that it helped strengthen the special solidarity, traditional friendship between the two militaries and peoples for a borderline of peace, friendship, cooperation, and development.

According to the Lao official, such a program for disadvantaged border people has contributed to improving the quality of taking care and protection of border people’s health, so that they would continue to make contribution to the national defense and development cause.

Handing over scholarships to needy students

The same day, in Po Y commune, Ngoc Hoi district, a program to grant scholarships to needy students and breeding cows to needy people in Vietnam-Laos border areas was held. Similar program was also carried out earlier for people in Vietnam-Cambodian border areas.

At the event, the Vietnam Border Guard Command presented 100 scholarships to 100 students, including 50 from Laos.

Among 20 breeding cows handed over to disadvantaged households, 10 were for people in Po Y commune, and the remaining were for households in Phoukeua village, Phouvong district, Lao province of Attapeu.


Senior Colonel Nguyen Quoc Cuong, Deputy Political Chief of the Vietnam Border Guard, hands over a breeding cow to a needy person.

Speaking at the event, Senior Colonel Le Minh Chinh, Secretary of the Party Committee and Political Commissar of the Kon Tum provincial Border Guard Command, said that alongside helping the needy in study and production, the program also raised their awareness and responsibility of border building and protection, supporting each other, coordinating to fight crimes, developing socio-economy, boosting solidarity and joining hands to build a borderline of peace, friendship, cooperation and development.

Receiving the scholarship, Dinh Thi Yen Quynh, a ninth grader of Bo Y Secondary School, said that it would be a source of encouragement for her to continue making her dream come true.

Translated by Chung Anh