Gov't acts to protect COVID-19 affected children
VGP – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has recently signed Directive No. 36/CT-TTg to strengthen measures to protect and take care of children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the Directive, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has to work with other ministries and agencies to put forth solutions to protect and take care of orphans in general and orphans caused by the pandemic.
The ministry is responsible for developing a program to overcome metal and social impacts of the pandemic on children in order to ensure holistic development of children.
It is tasked to further information dissemination to promote the role of the society and residential community in protection of and care for children.
The ministry is also required to regularly report the outcomes of the implementation of the Directive to the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is tasked to update instructions on COVID-19 prevention and control, and accelerate vaccine rollout for children.
The Ministry of Education and Training bears the responsibility for ensuring education quality, and issuing guidelines for schools and families to coordinate in online learning.
The Ministry of Information and Communications is responsible for effectively implementing the program “Internet connection and computers for students”.
The provincial and municipal People’s Committees are tasked to ensure safe and effective vaccination for children.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe impacts to all parts of life across Viet Nam.
A survey has found that the biggest concern of Vietnamese people during the pandemic time has been their health and their children's education.
The pandemic has killed over 32,000 people in Viet Nam, leaving thousands of children orphaned. More than ever, they are in need of special and long-term care to ensure their comprehensive development.
The UNICEF also advocated prioritizing family-based alternative care within communities for children orphaned by COVID-19./.