Thirteen percent of Vietnam's nearly 65 million people - about 8.5 million - are disabled as a result of war, accidents or congenital deformities, the official Vietnam News Agency said Tuesday.

The official figure was reported at a seminar on rehabilitation held in Hanoi on Monday by the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, the agency said in its report, monitored in Bangkok.Rehabilitation is part of the health care programs of 35 of 40 provinces and cities in Vietnam, it said.

The Vietnamese have fought five wars in the past five decades.

The problems of the disabled are aggravated by the poor health conditions and the scarcity of basic medical care in Vietnam, one of the world's poorest nations.