HCMC – Children in HCMC whose parents died of Covid-19 will be entitled to tuition fee reductions and exemptions as well as be offered monthly allowances and scholarships until they turn 22, said director of the HCMC Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Le Minh Tan.
According to this Covid aid policy for affected children, each child orphaned by Covid and aged under four will be given VND900,000 per month, while the older children will receive VND540,000 per month each.
Those children will receive health insurance coverage and tuition fee and other school fee cuts or exemptions until they are 16. After that, if they enter university, college or vocational school, these policies will be maintained until they are 22 years old.
In addition, Thu Duc City and districts have raised funds to give VND3-5 million and necessities to each of the children who have become orphaned by Covid. Thu Duc City, districts and the municipal Department of Education and Training have also called for resources to help these children with the online learning.
In addition, the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee, the Vietnam Women’s Union and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in HCMC have developed scholarship programs for these children.
Besides orphans, each child Covid-19 case will receive VND1 million and VND80,000 per day during their treatment period. They will not have to pay treatment costs as well.
As of early this month, Vietnam has had more than 11,800 children infected with Covid-19, with over 3,000 of them in HCMC. The city has accounted for 238 out of nearly 250 children whose parents died of Covid-19 in the country.
The pandemic has spread to seven out of the 39 private child care facilities in the city.
The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs had earlier decided to give VND1 million to each of the children born between April 27 and December 31 if their mothers got infected with Covid. In addition, VND2 million will be offered to each child orphaned by Covid.