US allocates US$1.9mil to help Laos' Covid-19 prevention


  • Laos
  • Monday, 16 Mar 2020

LAOS: The USA government has forecast a budget of US$1.9mil in assistance to Laos in response to the global spread of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

The US Ambassador Dr Peter M. Haymond made the announcement as part of his opening remarks for a US-sponsored tabletop exercise to help Lao officials and public health workers prepare for the next steps in responding to the worldwide pandemic this week.

Director-General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control (DCDC) of the Ministry of Health, Dr Rattanaxay Phetsouvanh; representatives

of the Lao government, as well as leaders of United Nations organisations in Laos, joined the tabletop exercise last weekend.

The event was sponsored by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (USCDC) and the US Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), in close partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Dr Haymond said the United States was supporting Laos’ efforts to prepare for and prevent the spread of new infectious diseases, including the novel coronavirus.

“The training activity, led by our experts from the USCDC, and our new funding of almost US$2mil provided through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), adds to long-term US investments in training and equipping of Lao medical professionals since 2006 to promote healthy communities in Laos to improve nutrition, strengthen maternal and child health, and prevent the spread of infectious diseases," he said. - Vientiane Times/Asian News Network

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