VIENTIANE (Vietnam News/ANN): The Vietnamese community in Laos are working with Lao authorities and people to overcome the current Covid-19 outbreak by raising funds and donating cash, necessities and medical supplies to the host country.
After learning about a number of Vietnamese in Laos getting infected with Covid-19, the Vietnamese Association in Vientiane has taken a range of measures to support the Vietnamese community in the country.
The association has called on the Vietnamese community to stay calm amid the outbreak in Laos, while providing Covid-19 patients or those in quarantine with food and necessities.
It has also co-ordinated with the Lao health ministry to open Covid-19 testing sites in the areas in Vientiane, where many Vietnamese are living.
Vice Chairman of the association Lê Anh Đức told Vietnam News Agency that the association has helped Vietnamese with medical declarations for contact tracing.
“If the situation gets worse, it will coordinate with the Vietnamese Embassy to ask for permission to join the Lao National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control to set up concentrated quarantine facilities for Vietnamese with high risk of infection, ” he said.
Meanwhile, the embassy and the Vietnamese Consulate General in Luang Prabang have provided necessities for Vietnamese students in the host country.
Vietnamese associations and their chapters in Laos have called for support for Vietnamese who are in difficulties due to Covid-19, and those under treatment and quarantine.
A group of 35 Vietnamese doctors and caregivers left Vietnam on May 4 for Laos aboard a Vietnam Airlines flight to assist the nation’s fight against Covid-19. The group’s mission is to support in testing, treatment, building of treatment hospitals, and training for use of Vietnamese-funded medical equipment.
They will stay in Laos for between 15 and 17 days, which could be shortened or prolonged based on the circumstances. Expenses of their working trip are sourced from Vietnam's State budget.
On May 5, Star Telecom (Unitel), a joint venture of Viettel in Laos, presented the Lao Government and people with more than 5 billion kip (US$538,000) in cash and technology solutions to improve the efficiency of Covid-19 prevention and control.
Particularly, along with transferring over 500 million kip to the Lao Ministry of Health's steering committee for Covid-19 prevention and control and over 1 billion kip to the bank accounts of frontline medical staff of Vientiane and Champasak and Luang Prabang provinces, Unitel assisted Laos’ Health Ministry in operating a national vaccination information system worth more than $200,000.
Amid the complex developments of the pandemic, Lao medical staff in co-operation with the Vietnamese Association in Vientiane conducted Covid-19 testing on Vietnamese living and working in Thatluang, Naxay and Sisangvone wards and the area around the NUOL.
Those showing symptoms will be placed in quarantine and receive treatment.
Earlier on May 3, LaoVietBank, a joint venture between the two countries' banks, also presented the Health Ministry of Laos with medical supplies worth more than 100 million kip (over $10,000).
Meanwhile, Vietnamese mining firm Sakai also handed over to Laos more than 208 million kip worth of cash, medical supplies and necessities.
At the same time, Venerable Thích Minh Quang and Buddhist dignitaries and followers in Phật Tích Pagoda in Laos as well as the Vietnamese Association in Vientiane capital provided free meals at some charity facilities in Vientiane. - Vietnam News/Asia News Network