Deputy PM visits young dengue patients

Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Asang Laoly, yesterday visited the Children’s Hospital in Vientiane after the facility was forced to turn a meeting room into a ward to deal with its influx of dengue victims.

More than 50 dengue patients are currently being treated at the hospital, and its Director, Associate Professor Dr Bounleua Oudavong, took the opportunity to update Mr Asang on the situation.

Dengue fever has killed 72 people and infected another 23,000 in Laos this year.

Hospital reports show 16,315 people sought treatment at the Children’s Hospital in the first half of the year, of which 540 were infected with the dengue virus. Four people died at the hospital as a result of dengue.

(from right) Mr Asang Laoly and Prof. Dr Eksavang Vongvichit visit dengue patients at the Children's Hospital in Vientiane yesterday.
(from right) Mr Asang Laoly and Prof. Dr Eksavang Vongvichit
visit dengue patients at the Children’s Hospital
in Vientiane yesterday.
In addition to providing medical treatment, doctors and nurses from the hospital also advise patients and their relatives to consider disease prevention methods as a priority.

Health officials have recommended clearing breeding grounds for mosquitoes as the most effective way of preventing the spread of dengue.

Mr Asang said he was pleased to see doctors and nurses at the hospital actively saving the lives of the children.

“The government also seeks ways to help the hospital, which is facing a shortage of water,” he said.

The Children’s Hospital has two storeys, consisting of 70 beds as well as an emergency room, intensive care unit, outpatient and inpatient departments, operating theatres, laboratory and other departments.

Minister of Health, Professor Dr Eksavang Vongvichit, also visited the hospital.

Source: Vientiane Times
By Xayxana Leukai
July 19, 2013