Postal workers remain devoted during pandemic in Vietnam


IT’S business as usual for about 1,500 postal workers in the capital despite the dangers of Covid-19 and recommendations to stay at home to ensure social distancing.

Nguyen Huy Long, a postman at Dong Da 1 Post Office, Dong Da District, Hanoi, often starts work at 7am. After having his temperature checked and washing his hands with sanitiser, Long attends a quick meeting for about 15 minutes with his team so work can be assigned for the day.

When the meeting is over, he sorts through the newspapers, letters and parcels to deliver. He then maps out the route for his round.

Long has been a postman for 13 years, so he knows every corner, alley and street in Phuong Mai Ward.

Besides delivering newspapers, letters and parcels on time, Long also reminded local people to set up their own letterbox to avoid the newspapers, letters, or parcels losing or getting wet, the Hanoi Moi (New Hanoi) online newspaper reported.Pham Thi Hoa, a postwoman at Xuan Mai Post Office, Chuong My District, Hanoi, puts on a mask and protective screen before delivering around 200 newspapers and parcels each to the residents of Thuy Xuan Tien Commune.

Hoa said the commune covers a large area with a sparse population so she has to use every minute of every day to complete her work.

“I don’t want our customers having to wait, especially elderly Party members who receive free daily newspapers, ” she said.

Pham The Vinh, 92, of alley No 178, Truong Chinh Street, Phuong Mai Ward, said Long was a devoted postman.

Long worked hard and he was polite, Vinh said.

“Regardless of rain or sun, Long always delivers the newspaper to me on time, ” he added.

Nguyen Trong Chien, vice chairman of the People’s Committee of Thuy Xuan Tien Commune said Hoa was a responsible postwoman.

She was always on time and had not made a mistake with the mail in the past six years, he said.

To protect mail carriers from Covid-19, the Viet Nam Post Corporation has bought health insurance for all mail carriers in the sector. — Vietnam News/ANN

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