Deputy chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Thu passed away on Wednesday due to serious illness.
Thu, aged 53, drew her last breath at her house in District 5 at 2:40 pm after a long time treating her illness, the municipal Party Committee confirmed later the same day.
Her body is being laid at the city’s funeral house at 25 Le Quy Don Street in District 3, and people will be able to pay their last respects from 6:00 pm on Thursday.
A memorial service will take place at 5:30 am on Saturday in Ho Chi Minh City, while burial rituals will be carried out in Tan Hoa Commune, Lai Vung District, located in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap.
Thu was born in 1966 in the northern city of Hai Phong.
She was previously the leader of the Party Committee and People’s Committee in suburban Nha Be District, before being appointed the chair of the municipal Labor Federation for the 2013-15 period.
Thu became the deputy chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City administration in December 2015, being in charge of such fields as education and training, culture, sports, publishing - newspapers, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, labor management, social affairs, poverty reduction, and public official management.
She previously asked for a two-month leave in late 2018 to seek overseas treatment for her sickness.
After the period, she continued working until the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, which was on February 5.
The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee previously had five vice-chairs, including Thu, Le Van Khoa, Tran Vinh Tuyen, Le Thanh Liem, and Huynh Cach Mang.
In late March 2018, Khoa stepped down from his post, nearly two years before his term in office would have ended, due to issues related to his personal health.