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Cabinet Meeting for June

Monthly meeting for June, the Premiere urges to invest greater attention in follow up and surveillance of the dengue outbreak

INTRO: Dengue fever prevention tops cabinet meeting agenda, according to Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office and Government spokesperson Madam Bounpheng Mounphosay, Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has instructed the Ministry of Health and a national committee on epidemic prevention and control to exert greater efforts to fight the current dengue fever outbreak.

STORY: Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office and Government spokesperson Madam Bounpheng Mounphosay announced after the conclusion meeting which ended on Tuesday and was attended by the cabinet members staff.

The Premiere told the Ministry of Health and the committee to invest greater attention in follow up and surveillance of the dengue outbreak. The request came after the dengue death toll rose to 50 people with another reported 14,000 cases as of June 25. In addition, The Premiere advised the cabinet members to attend the National Assembly ‘s fifth ordinary session scheduled to open on July 8 and be prepared to answer any questions put by NA members.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry was asked to work with the relevant sectors to prepare necessary conditions to boost rice and other crop yields this rainy season and to work out precautionary measures to handle any unexpected flooding or prolonged dry spells.

The cabinet instructed the Vientiane authority to speed up public compensation for the remaining 213 plots of land along both sides of the 450 Year Road. In this regard, the cabinet asked the authority to work closely with the families affected to figure out how the compensation could be paid within an appropriate timeframe.

The cabinet approved in principle a draft Prime Ministerial Decree that allows the use of money earned from healthcare services provided by state hospitals and healthcare centers for the purchase of medical equipment, medicines and supporting allowances for medical officials.

The meeting also adopted a labor recruitment plan, which outlines measures to supply sufficient workers for the domestic labor market and address unemployment issues.
Members of the cabinet shared ideas to develop a draft Presidential Ordinance on State Debt Management, presented by the Ministry of Finance. The meeting also approved a draft Prime Ministerial Decree on State Saving.

Source: LNTV Lao News broadcast on June 27, 2013