PM urges for more attention to Agent Orange/dioxin victims

(VOVWORLD) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked for better policies for the third generation of victims affected by toxic chemicals used during the war. 
PM urges for more attention to Agent Orange/dioxin victims - ảnh 1PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc urges for more attention to Agent Orange/dioxin victims 

Mr. Phuc on Tuesday chaired a meeting of the National Steering Committee on the Settlement of Post-war Unexploded Ordnance and Toxic Chemical Consequences. The Prime Minister, who is also Chairman of the Committee, said: “We consider overcoming post-war unexploded ordnance and toxic chemical consequences an urgent task to protect people’s lives, their health and safety. It’s important to help localities contaminated with toxic chemicals, mines and bombs, to develop sustainably and ensure safety for the people and investors. “

The Prime Minister stressed the need to draw a map of dioxin and land-mine contamination. He asked the Committee to fine-tune policies and mechanisms to support the victims to improve their health and their lives.

The US army sprayed some 80 million liters of toxic chemicals in South Vietnam from 1961 to 1971. At least, 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to Agent Orange/dioxin and about 3 million people became victims.