A doctor provides heart check-up to a child in an “Operation Health Heart” programme in Thai Binh Province. (Photo: VNA)

Thai Binh (VNA) – Free heart disease
screenings were given to poor children under 16 years old in northern Thai Binh
province on August 12 as part of a charity project “Trai tim cho em” (Operation
Healthy Heart).

Over 1,000 children were provided check-ups at the Thai
Binh Paediatrics Hospital in the morning.

According to the hospital’s Director Doctor Nguyen Thi
Minh Chinh, Thai Binh is among provinces with high prevalence of children
suffering from congenital heart defects.

The Operation Healthy Heart gave an opportunity for those
from difficult backgrounds to receive counselling and treatment for the

The programme has provided free life-saving surgeries for
more than 100 impoverished children in the province to date.

It was initiated by the Viettel Group and Vietnam
Television in 2008 with an aim to support surgery need of disadvantaged
children under 16 born with heart deformities and help improve local capacity
to offer heart screenings to children.

Since then, the Operation Healthy Heart has organised 35
screening events across the country with over 47,000 children diagnosed with
congenital heart diseases and 3,500 of them given surgeries. It has also raised
120 billion VND in funding for such surgeries.

This was the first time a free heart check-up event held
in Thai Binh and it will run until August 13.-VNA