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Singaporean donates $1.5mn MRI scanner to Vietnam hospital

Monday, November 30, 2015, 11:31 GMT+7

A Singaporean man has donated a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner worth US$1.5 million to a hospital in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang to support victims of Agent Orange/dioxin.

Da Nang Hospital and the city’s Association of Victims of Agent Orange on Sunday organized a ceremony to mark the application of the MRI scanner, which was gifted by Harold Chan from Singapore.

With concerns about the pain and suffering that victims of Agent Orange/dioxin have to go through, Chan carried out his own search for information and came to the Da Nang Association of Victims of Agent Orange in April, said Nguyen Thi Hien, chairwoman of the association.

After talking with members of the society, Chan decided to sponsor an annual fund worth VND720 million (US$32,000) to support the victims.

The Singaporean man recently paid a second visit so the association and contributed a MRI scanner worth $1.5 million in order to facilitate diagnosis and improve the health of the victims of the chemical, Hien said.

The scanner will be put into practice at Da Nang Hospital to support diagnosis and treatment of the victims of Agent Orange/dioxin as well as poor people in the city.

The MRI scanner applies the medical imaging used in radiology to image the anatomy and the physiological processes of the body in both health and disease.

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