Authorities in Hanoi on Wednesday awarded the honorary citizen title to an American doctor who has made great contributions to the capital city.
Payam Nahid, a doctor of San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, has developed a system for detecting and treating pulmonary tuberculosis which is applied at several local medical centers, including the National Lung Hospital in Hanoi.
Nahid, who has worked in Vietnam since 2008, also donated a lot of health equipment to local clinics worth around US$300,000 in total.
At the award ceremony, Le Hong Son, Hanoi' vice mayor, praised Nahid for his support for Vietnam's healthcare, asking the American doctor to continue his meaningful work in the city.
Nahid is the first, among 12 expats, to be granted honorary citizenship by the city this year.
The honor is symbolic and honorary citizens do not have more privileges or rights compared to other foreigners.