Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control under the Lao Ministry of Health Latsamy Vongkhamsao, told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Wednesday that the government has stepped up measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Latsamy called for all sectors to strictly observe Covid-19 prevention and control measures in order to contain the outbreak.
Everyone is urged to observe social distancing, wash their hands regularly, and wear a face mask when going out.
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Laos has reached 1,072, as 46 new infections were reported on Wednesday (May 5).
Meanwhile, International company Acteus Group is continuing to aid efforts to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic in Laos.
The group has announced on Wednesday that under its Acteus Smiles programme it donated 20,000 N95 face masks and 10,000 pairs of gloves to Vientiane Rescue 1623.
Acteus Smiles’ donation will help Vientiane Rescue 1623’s 600 members get basic protection. This generous donation will increase the safety of the frontline workers in Laos.
n an official statement, Acteus Smiles management said, “We are honoured to support Vientiane Rescue 1623. We hope our donation adequately aids their emergency services. We plan to provide them with additional support in the future.”
Acteus Smiles’ regularly donates to community-based organisations such as Vientiane Rescue 1623, through inter-organisational cooperation, striving to improve the lives of people in regions where it operates.
Its focus is on local organisations, and not large international organisations. This ensures investments are quickly realised and have a positive impact on local communities.
Vientiane Rescue 1623 is part of the Lao Foundation for Assisting Poor People of Lao PDR, and a model partner for Acteus Smiles’ social responsibility programme. Their tireless work is embodied in their 2016 Ramon Magsaysay prize.
Founded in 2010, with a handful of volunteers, they are the first in Laos to generously provide emergency and rescue services. Their organisation offers various emergency services, from non-paid volunteers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This also includes free support to people afflicted by the Covid-19 virus by transporting them from their homes to health care facilities.
Vientiane Rescue 1623’s other national and international emergency responses, includes supporting the 2018 Chiang Rai cave rescue. - Vientiane Times/ANN