Ground broken for new Bokeo hospital
Bokeo provincial authorities held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday for a new hospital including inpatient as well as maternal and child healthcare facilities in Huayxai-neua village, Huayxai district.
Actual construction work on the new hospital building commenced in June and it is expected to be completed in September next year. The project is grant assistance from the government of Thailand on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of Laos-Thai diplomatic relations.
The overall cost is 40 million Thai baht (about 9 billion kip) for construction as well as medical equipment, medicines and human resources development.
Head of the province's Health Department, Dr Khamphaya Phompanya, said the provincial hospital was originally built in 1972 and was no longer able to provide for patients' needs so authorities are demolishing the old building.
When complete the new facility will form an important part of the province's healthcare infrastructure able to treat people in Bokeo and nearby provinces.
The new hospital building will consist of two floors with 60 patient beds.
The groundbreaking took place at the new hospital site and was presided over by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Thongloun Sisoulith, Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Health Prof. Dr EksavangVongvichit, the Bokeo provincial Governor and officials from the two countries.
The occasion was also marked by the planting of trees as a symbol of the cooperation between Laos and Thailand in Bokeo's hospital.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update October 29, 2015)