Over 200,000 Vietnamese living with Agent Orange diseases

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Over 200,000 Vietnamese exposed to the toxic chemical known as Agent Orange spayed by the US military during the Vietnam War now have related diseases, Vietnam News Agency reported on Wednesday.

While the victims receive a monthly stipend from the government as well as support from local and international agencies, their treatment is restricted by the lack of clinics qualified to treat their ailments, it quoted the report by the Ministry of Labors, War Invalids and Social Affairs as saying.

The report was released at a press conference organized by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources' Office of National Steering Committee on Overcoming of the Consequences of Toxic Chemicals used by US during the war in Vietnam (Office 33) on Tuesday.

However, the report noted that in September this year Hospital 103 under the Vietnam Military Medical University launched a study introducing a new detoxification techniques for victims, using hot steams from cooked olive oil and vitamins.

Many have seen their conditions improved, the news agency quoted the report as saying.

Other studies on the ongoing effects of Agent Orange have been launched this year, including one conducted by the Hanoi Medical University on obstetrical complications and birth defects, it added.

In the meantime, Office 33 together with other Vietnamese agencies, including the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, and some American companies have studied methods to treat the presence of dioxin in soil such as burying contaminated areas or administering microorganisms.

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For example, 100,000 cubic meters of soil on a 4.3-hectare area at Bien Hoa Airport in the southern province of Dong Nai were buried.

It was also reported that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has planted five million hectares of forest in contaminated areas.

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