Charitable program brings joy to patients at Ho Chi Minh City hospital

A charitable program was run on Sunday at a major hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, where patients were provided with free meals, entertainment, and other services

Volunteers cut and wash hair for patients at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on March 12, 2017.

The program, titled ‘Sharing Love,’ took place at Cho Ray, considered the best hospital in the southern city, where volunteers offered free haircuts, meals, and performed music to patients.

The program is scheduled to be carried out at other infirmaries in the southern city in the upcoming time.

Thanks to the humanitarian activities, Nguyen Thi Anh, an 85-year-old patient, could not stop smiling as she listened to the musical performances while having her hair trimmed and washed by one of the volunteers.

Anh said she seemed to forget all about the pain inflicted by her illness.

Tran Thi Quyen, 40, another patient from the southern province of Dong Nai, was being treated for her broken shoulders, foot, and left hand caused by a road accident.

Having been unable to give herself proper hygiene during her stay at the hospital, Quyen then sat in a wheelchair, feeling happy as the volunteers cleaned her hair.

“This program is very meaningful and practical, especially for patients suffering serious injuries like me,” the patient remarked.

According to Nguyen Phu Thach, a member of the charitable program, he often offers free haircuts to needy people, either senior citizens at nursing homes or in-patients at some hospitals.

Thach volunteers twice a month, thinking doing charity simply brings him joy.

Previous activities to supply assistance to patients at local hospitals gave rise to this program, according to Nguyen Minh Hoang, director of the city’s social work center.

The initiative is meant to offer entertainment, free meals and services to the sick, in a bid to help ease their pain and share adversities with their family, Hoang continued.

A total of 120 patients received support from volunteers on Sunday, Le Minh Hien, an official at the hospital, said, adding that the program would be organized at the infirmary twice a month.

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