The mission included Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long, Deputy Defense Minister Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien, leaders of the Military Region 7 Command, and representatives of the Tay Ninh provincial People’s Committee.

Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long and Deputy Defense Minister Sr. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien encourage border guards

Over the past time, with timely and effective recommendations by the Tay Ninh provincial Border Guard Party Committee and Command, the provincial leadership instructed relevant agencies and units  to strictly carry out directives of the Party, the Government, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Health, and the provincial People’s Committee on COVID-19 prevention and control.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the provincial Border Guard Command has also cooperated with different agencies to set up 123 fixed barricades, 36 mobile patrol teams, 16 checkpoints, and 27 guard posts with experienced and competent personnel to prevent illegal migration and smuggling activities. As a result, since March, Tay Ninh province’s forces have captured more than 900 illegal migrants and human smugglers.

Sr. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien presents gifts to troops of the Border Post of Moc Bai International Border Gate

The provincial border guard force has also conducted patrols and closed 431 cases, capturing 493 drug trafficking suspects, while limiting face mask smuggling, and gambling in border areas.

Having been briefed on units’ task performance and inspected guard posts in border areas, Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long praised and highly appreciated the close and effective coordination between the provincial Border Guard Command and other forces in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in border areas.

Amid the complicated development of SARS-CoV-2, Long asked the province’s forces to study the situation, so as to take  suitable measures to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to foster cooperation with Cambodian units in the fight.

On the occasion, the mission presented gifts and medical supplies to assist units in Tay Ninh province’s border areas in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Translated by Tran Hoai