Laos: EDCF, MOH to study modern hospital construction

VIENTIANE, March 2 (Vientiane Times/ANN): The Laos Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) in Laos will associate with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to conduct a feasibility study for the construction of a modern hospital each in the four southern provinces of Laos.

Representatives from the ministry and the EDCF gathered in Vientiane to discuss the feasibility study for the modern hospital construction project.

Via a video conference, they connected with a consulting team from the Republic of Korea.

The main objective of the project is providing a tertiary level hub hospital which is focused on improving quality of healthcare service and universal healthcare for southern provinces of Laos by establishing the following components;

1.Construction of modernised new hospital in 500 beds size;

2. Supply and Installation of medical equipment/supplies;

3. Hospital Information Systems (HIS) for the control of health/medical data and information;

4. Self-supporting hospital through the introduction of human resources training and management consulting system.

The meeting was co-chaired by the Head of office of the Ministry of Health, Dr Nao Bouttta, and Chief Resident Representative of Economic Development Cooperation Fund in Laos, Lee Dong-Geon.

The feasibility study is funded by the South Korean government’s EDCF through its administrative operation by the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank).

This study will take six months it kickstarted in December.

The Seoul National University Hospital Consortium is the consultant. The Ministry of Health and Champassak Provincial Health Department is the Project Management Agency.

The meeting discussed various points, especially its work scope, and the overall plan of the feasibility study presented by the consulting team.

“We (EDCF) believe that today’s meeting will give a better understanding to all participants regarding the purpose and work plan of this feasibility study stage for this project, and we really hope the feasibility study will ultimately serve as the basis for this project’s successful implementation,” said Lee Dong-Geon. - Vientiane Times/ANN
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