Representatives of the People's Army Newspaper and sponsors handing over the gifts to the Border Guard Command

On March 26 in Hanoi, the People’s Army Newspaper under the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army launched a program to mobilize all social resources across the country to assist nationwide efforts in COVID-19 prevention.

Donations could be sent to the Distribution and Communications Department of the People’s Army Newspaper or to the newspaper’s bank account, 05211 0128 3003. The People’s Army Newspaper will receive and hand them over to target units.

As of March 26, the military has arranged 140 places for quarantining people returning from COVID-19-hit areas. Border guard units have sent thousands of troops to assist in the disease prevention efforts while hundreds of mobile teams of military personnel were sent to quarantine areas for COVID-19 prevention.

In the context of the complicated development of COVID-19, the newspaper’s practical deed will help reinforce military units’ capacities in combating the disease.

After the ceremony, the newspaper handed over infrared thermometers, tents and facemasks donated by military and civilian businesses to the Border Guard Command to assist the force’s efforts in preventing and controlling the disease.

Speaking at the event, Major General Phung Quoc Tuan, Vice Commissar of the Border Guard Command, thanked the sponsors for their gifts, considering them a timely encouragement for troops to fulfil their assigned missions.

He said that realizing the issued guidelines from the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defense, the border guard force has taken strict measures to prevent the deadly disease. Around 1,200 teams were formed to guard border areas and border gates, and all members showed a high sense of responsibility and determination to fulfil the mission. 

Military personnel preparing food for people in quarantine area

Meanwhile, the Quang Tri provincial Military Command has stepped up its efforts to contain COVID-19 spread. Its units prepared facilities and medical equipment for disease prevention and received Vietnamese citizens returning from the hit areas. They also held three training courses and exercises for 200 troops, equipping them with five-phase disease prevention scenarios while encouraging 300 personnel to work in quarantine areas.

As of March 26, the provincial Military Command has quarantined 1,319 people at nine locations and is preparing a new one with more than 400 beds for Vietnamese citizens who will return from disease-hit areas in the coming time.

In response to the complicated development of COVID-19, troops of Coast Guard Region 2, in association with the Quang Tri provincial Commission of Mass Mobilization and authorities of Trieu An commune, conducted information dissemination for fishermen in Cua Viet Fishing Port on March 26.

Coast guard troops presenting facemasks and hand sanitizer gel bottles to fishermen

At the event, coast guard troops updated fishermen on the development of the disease and its serious impacts and preventive measures. Troops told local fishermen to be careful and not spread fake news and misinformation about the coronavirus, which could cause worry among fellow citizens.

On the occasion, the unit provided 700 facemasks and 200 hand sanitizer gel bottles and delivered 200 leaflets on methods to prevent COVID-19 to fishermen.

Translated by Tran Hoai