Nearly 2,000 Vietnamese children lose their parents to Covid-19
  • | | October 10, 2021 02:27 PM
Approximately 2,000 children in Vietnam have lost their parents to Covid-19 according to a report from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

A girl who has lost her mother to Covid-19 in HCM City

The report said that as of October 8, some 1,970 children nationwide had lost their mothers, fathers, or both due to Covid-19.

In the country's biggest epicentre of Ho Chi Minh City, as many as 1,517 youngsters have lost their mothers, fathers, or both due to Covid-19 according to a report released in mid-September by the Department of Education and Training.

The Vietnam Children Protection Fund has co-operated with 27 localities nationwide to give financial support of VND7.26 billion (USD 315,652) to 1,427 children orphaned by the Covid-19. Each child is given VND 5 million (USD 217). Some 14,330 children who are infected with Covid-19 have also received a financial support of VND 1 million each.

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs said that if the orphaned children can’t live with their relatives or are not adopted, local authorities would arrange for them to stay at local social protection centres.

Many government agencies and organisations in Vietnam have also stepped in to help young children affected by the pandemic.

The HCMC Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has recently announced a monthly subsidy program for orphans affected by Covid-19.

Vice chairwoman of the municipal unit of the Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneers Organisation, Nguyen Ngoc Nhung, said that they had set up a scholarship programme that will fund the education of children affected by the epidemic until they finish high school. So far nearly 400 children have benefited from the programme.

Although the pandemic has gradually been brought under control in Vietnam, it has left a heavy toll. As of Saturday evening, 20,442 people had died in the wave, which had infected 836,134 people.

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