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Medics assess developments in internal medicine

Development partners along with the line Health Departments of each province under the Ministry of Health met yesterday in Vientiane to discuss the provision of better healthcare in the field of internal medicine.

The 14th Lao Internal Medicine Conference was chaired by the President of the Lao Internal Medicine Association, Associate Prof. DrBouachanhRasachak.

Over the past several years, the association has had success with treatments and services in response to the demands of the general public, and healthcare in this field has improved around the country.

In addition, health equity funds have been set up to assist poor patients and there have been improvements in the capacity of medical staff, Minister of Health Associate Prof. DrBounkongSyhavong said.

DrBounkong said the conference was a very important link in strengthening the healthcare system and its member associations.

He observed that the conference had an important role to play in bolstering the knowledge and capacity of the members of the internal medicine association because there had been changes in the treatment of patients at each of the hospitals in Vientiane, as well as at provincial hospitals.

Conference participants heard about the successful results of research into hypertension management, gastroenterology, endocrinology, cardiology, nephrology and other areas.

As internal medicine remains a critical area, the association is holding the meeting to enhance knowledge and understanding of various subjects, well as responding to the needs of the community, DrBounkong said.

The meeting introduced new ideas and techniques for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of internal diseases so that participants could use this knowledge to improve their work and provide more effective treatment.

“We need to continue the conference to ensure the provision of better community healthcare and increase access to health services by poorer patients as targeted in the government's 8th Health Sector Development plan,” he added.

The Lao Internal Medicine Association was created in 1999 to develop, treat and improve healthcare service capacity. At that time there were about 79 doctors working in the field but now that number has grown to about 300.

Many association members have completed or are completing fellowships in different specialties including adult nephrology, adult neurology, pediatric infectious diseases, and pediatric hematology.

The first workshop was held in 2004 and focused on strengthening the capacity of healthcare services across different sectors as well as improving the treatment offered by doctors and nurses, in addition to the training of other healthcare officials.


By PhetphoxaySengpaseuth
(Latest Update
February 10,

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