UNICEF speaks highly of Viet Nam’s priority to COVID-19 orphans
Local authorities present aid to an orphan who lost her parents to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: VNA)
UNICEF Ha Noi on September 26 released a press communique saying that its head Rana Flowers has expressed her appreciation to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs’ recent issuance of guidance asking localities to prioritise the care for children orphaned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the communique, the official affirmed that UNICEF, together with the Vietnamese government and people, expressed deep concerns and hoped to support more than 1,500 children in Ho Chi Minh CIty who lost their parents to the pandemic.
According to the head of UNICEF in Ha Noi, it is important to quickly find a family environment for them. That is why UNICEF highly valued a document by the ministry on September 23 to localities on taking timely measures to care for this group of children.
Mrs. Rana Flowers also described the decision as timely in ensuring that the orphans will receive the necessary support to overcome this time full of difficulties and challenges. In her opinion, the government should develop a system to protect them.
To prepare against and cope with this crisis in both short and long terms, UNICEF believes it is important that the government provides practical and necessary sentimental and financial support for the relatives that take care of the orphans.