(VEN) – A recent survey of attitudes towards Vietnam’s response to Covid-19, commissioned by the Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), showed that nearly 97 percent of respondents rated it as “good” or “very good” regarding efforts of the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control. Nearly 94 percent provided the same assessments of efforts by provincial-level authorities.

“Vietnam’s success in response to the Covid-19 pandemic is an inspirational story. Fast and effective moves of the Vietnamese government combined with people’s trust and compliance are the keys to its success,” said Caitlin Wiesen, UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam. “I believe that the lessons learned from transparency, accountability and social cohesion from this success will help the government cope with crises in the future and also address challenges including poverty, environment and corruption.”

UNDP hailed Vietnam’s responses to the Covid-19

The computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) were conducted in September 2020 with the participation of 1,334 people randomly selected from the Vietnam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) survey sample 2019. The respondents were aged 30 and over, consisting of urban dwellers as well as rural households and workers. According to the UNDP research team, using the PAPI 2019 sample increased the accuracy and efficiency of the survey results, because its subjects had all been identified with a high degree of authenticity, an important element for phone surveys.

David Gottlieb, Counselor for Economic and Development Cooperation at the Australian Embassy in Vietnam, said he was impressed by Vietnam’s pandemic control measures. “I have been extremely impressed by Vietnam’s determination to control Covid-19, but it isn’t my impressions that really matter for public policy. It is the impressions of the people for whom those policies are designed that matter.”

Regarding the accessibility and effectiveness of the government’s bailout package worth VND62 trillion (equivalent to US$2.6 billion), results of the survey showed that in general people have positive feedback to the package with 21 percent of 1,335 respondents who received assistance from the aid package being women, ethnic minorities, the poorest and near-poor groups.

Respondents expressed strong support for the government’s national social distancing order imposed in April, with 88 percent praising its appropriate timing. A total of 89 percent of respondents said they supported the government’s stance and measures to save as many lives as possible, even at the expense of slower economic recovery. That percentage is much higher than the global average, with only 67 percent of citizens agreeing their government should prioritize saving lives over economic recovery, according to the report.

Vietnam has recorded 1,411 Covid-19 cases. Thirty-five succumbed to the disease, many being elderly patients with underlying conditions like diabetes or kidney failure.

Nearly 99 percent of those surveyed said they wore masks when going out and 93 percent washed their hands regularly during the peak of the pandemic.

Hoang Lan


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