The top legislator made the commendation at an art program honoring 30 groups and 70 individuals for their achievements in COVID-19 prevention and control. The program was held on June 30 in Hanoi by the Military Broadcasting Center under the direction of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army.

Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan speaks at the event

The art program aimed to review accomplishments in and contributions to the COVID-19 prevention and control efforts of the nation with the military taking the lead in the fight.

Minister of National Defense, General Ngo Xuan Lich attended the event.

Emphasizing that COVID-19 has been developing complicatedly and might continue spreading for months or even years, NA Chairwoman Ngan asked the military to continue to heighten vigilance, improve combat readiness capabilities, and avoid being put in a passive position in any circumstances.

The military should be vigilant in defending national sovereignty, maintaining an environment of peace, and ensuring stability for national development. In addition, they should strictly follow higher levels’ directions and directives on combating against COVID-19, considering “fighting the pandemic is like fighting an enemy,” and preventing the spread of the disease through shared borderlines.

Representatives of excellent groups in the COVID-19 fight were honored at the event

Furthermore, military units were requested to make thorough preparations to receive and quarantine those entering the country and craft suitable measures to effectively cope with not only COVID-19, but also other non-traditional security challenges.

Through the program, NA Chairwoman Ngan called on people nationwide to continue raising their responsibility for the society, and showing their high determination to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in the community. Relevant ministries, departments, and localities were asked to work out effective and specific measures to fight COVID-19, boost production and business, and ensure social welfare, contributing to strong national development in the post-COVID-19 period.

At the art program entitled “Honor to be on the frontline,” the participants watched clips on the risks and rapid spread of COVID-19, the national effort in the fight against COVID-19 since its outbreak. The strong will, courage, and sacrifice of troops in the COVID-19 fight were also highlighted.

Through stories shared by Colonel Ho Anh Son, head of the group in charge of researching SARS-CoV-2 test kits, and non-commissioned Second Lieutenant Nguyen Van Huynh from the border post in May village under the Ha Giang Provincial Border Guard Command, the audiences learned more about the difficulties facing the troops in the fight and their great efforts in containing the disease.

During the event, numerous newly-composed songs that raise public awareness of COVID-19 and praise Vietnam’s power in the fight were performed, encouraging people from all walks of life to join hands in successfully controlling the pandemic soon. 

Translated by Mai Huong