Public health

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Health authorities in Laos redoubling efforts to limit dengue fever outbreak

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Health officials and medical staff at hospitals across the country, including the capital, are endeavouring to combat the increasing number of dengue fever cases this year. Many hospitals in the capital have converted corridors and meeting rooms into wards due to a ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Dengue fever outbreak in Vientiane reaches alarming level

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Major hospitals in Vientiane are grappling with an overwhelming number of patients suffering from dengue fever, raising concerns about the capacity to cope with the current outbreak.The Mahosot, Setthathirath, Children’s, Mittaphab and 103 hospitals have converted corridors and meeting rooms into ...

Xayxana Leukai

Dengue Claims 14 Lives in Laos this year

(KPL) The first six months have witnessed 14 people’s lives claimed by dengue fever with five casualties reported in Vientiane Capital, three each in Savannakhet and Champassak, two in Saravan and one in Bolikhamxay.The National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology under the Ministry of Health ...

KPL reporters

Global Fund gives boost to battle against malaria in Laos

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The Global Fund has forecast a budget of over US$2 million in assistance to Laos from 2018 to 2020 to assist with the elimination of malaria and reduce the impact of multi-drug resistance in five southern provinces.A funding agreement was signed on ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Itinerant workers among high risk HIV groups in Laos

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Itinerant workers and their wives are among the high risk groups for HIV infection in Laos, a study undertaken by the Centre for HIV/AIDS/ Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and the National Committee for the Control of AIDS has revealed.Head of Office ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

HIV/AIDS risk groups still a healthcare challenge in Laos

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Preventing at-risk groups from contracting HIV/AIDS and their treatment are still major challenges for healthcare authorities in the country as the rate of contraction continues to increase.This was the message from an expert from the Centre for Combating HIV/AIDS and Sexually ...

Ounkham Pimmata

Lower Mother Mortality Rate in Laos Recorded Last Year

(KPL) Last year witnessed a reduction in mother mortality rate to 129 from 151 recorded in 2017, according to a report of the Ministry of Health.“We record a lower mother mortality rate because mother healthcare is more accessible and more mothers realise the importance of ...


New HIV infections in Laos double over past year

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The number of people newly infected with HIV in 2018 was double the number in 2017 among at-risk groups, according to a health official.Country Programme Manager of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Laos, Ms Chintana Somkhane, said records showed that from 1990-2018 ...

Souksamai Boulom

Lao flood victims battle dengue, malnutrition

SIX MONTHS AFTER the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoi hydropower dam in southern Laos triggered floods that swept them from their homes, survivors are now suffering from dengue fever and malnutrition.More ...


Japan Supports Pediatric Project In Huaphan, Laos

(KPL) The government of Japan has provided grant assistance worth over US$ 281,000 for a pediatric project in Huaphan Province, northern Laos.The project entitled “Enhancement of pediatric systems in Huaphan Province through capacity building of health personnel and of village health promoters,” is in its ...


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