Lao govt to monitor self-quarantine of returning workers

  • Laos
  • Wednesday, 01 Apr 2020

VIENTIANE (Xinhua): A Lao Cabinet minister has instructed local authorities across the country to carefully monitor the self-quarantine of returning workers to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

"Village officials will supervise their 14 days of self-quarantine to ensure they are not infected with Covid-19," local daily Vientiane Times on Wednesday (April 1) quoted Lao Minister of Labor and Social Welfare Khampheng Saysomepheng as saying.

"All people at self-quarantine facilities must have their temperature checked every day," he added.

Meanwhile, Lao Deputy Minister of Health and Deputy Head of the COVID-19 task force Phouthone Moungpak told a recent press conference on assistance to Lao labor that local authorities and health services were responsible for taking care of returning workers at the self-quarantine facilities and their daily needs.

"We have a hotline between the committee and local authorities to discuss daily issues, including assisting returning workers in each province. Facilities have been prepared in this regard as well as for suspected cases," he said.

A test is needed for those who have been in close contact with the confirmed cases, Phouthone said.

Local health authorities have now imposed self-quarantine measures for all people. Samples will be taken from anyone showing symptoms for diagnosis, with those suspected of carrying the virus to be isolated and monitored at a hospital.

In Vientiane, four hospitals namely Mittaphab Hospital, Mahosot Hospital, Setthathirath Hospital and 103 Hospital have been designated for the isolation of suspected virus cases. In the provinces, suspected patients will be isolated at provincial hospitals.

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