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Hanoi hospital gives patients free haircuts, hair washing

Monday, November 19, 2018, 17:57 GMT+7
Hanoi hospital gives patients free haircuts, hair washing
Patients have their hair washed at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, November 17, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Nearly 300 in-patients at Bach Mai Hospital had their hair cut or washed free right on Saturday, as part of a patient-welfare activity that takes place every three months at the major infirmary in Hanoi.

The gratis service was given right in a meeting hall of Bach Mai, which averagely has 5,000-7,000 in-patients every day.

Many people who received the care looked quite happy as it was difficult for their hair to be trimmed or shampooed in the hospital and their disease prevented them from walking to a nearby salon.

Some had not washed their hair for around a month.

Patients and family members are seen on a free haircut day at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, November 17, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Patients and family members are seen on a free haircut day at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, November 17, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The hospital’s service started six months ago, when local barbers and hairdressers offered a chance for patient hair care.

The activity is to help patients feel happier so that they can recover more rapidly from illness, said Pham Thi Bich Man, head of the infirmary’s social welfare arm.

The service, provided every quarter, also was expected to draw the patients’ attention to personal hygiene because a dirty body increased the risk of bacterial infection, she added.

Patients have their hair trimmed at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, November 17, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Patients have their hair trimmed at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, November 17, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A barber cuts a three-year-old boy’s hair at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, November 17, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A barber cuts a three-year-old boy’s hair at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, November 17, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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