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HCMC to implement policies to protect vulnerable people after pandemic

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – HCMC is collecting feedback on its policies to safeguard the vulnerable after the Covid-19 pandemic, said a local official at a meeting held yesterday, December 24.

Speaking at the meeting, Phan Nguyen Nhu Khue, head of the HCMC Party Committee’s Board for Propaganda and Education, said that after collecting the feedback, the city will improve policies to support the vulnerable and anti-Covid frontliners, and then report them to the municipal government, reported Tuoi Tre newspaper.

The city will use its budget to provide monthly support to the non-working-age population, the elderly, and those living alone or in disadvantaged conditions. Children with congenital diseases and orphans will receive support from the authorities.

Khue did not reveal a specific amount of financial support, but said the figure could be around VND1 million per person.

The official added that the municipal People’s Council planned to hold an extraordinary meeting after New Year’s Day to vote on the issue.

Regarding support for the anti-Covid frontliners in the city, he said all of them, from the healthcare workers to the competent forces at the grass-roots level, have been exhausted during the pandemic, with many of them experiencing psychological ailments. Accordingly, the city is working to develop more allowance policies for them and submit them to the city’s authorities for consideration and approval.

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