US builds blood centre for southern provinces
The US Embassy to Laos has built a blood centre in Champassak province as one of several major infrastructure assistance projects completed last year, at a total cost of over US$850,000 (more than 6.8 billion kip).
The new blood centre will provide emergency blood services to people in the southern provinces.
The embassy's projects are carried out in coordination with the US Pacific Command (USPACOM) and have provided humanitarian assistance through infrastructure projects in rural areas of Laos for over 15 years. These projects include primary schools, medical clinics, irrigation systems and clean water supply systems, according to the US Embassy in Vientiane.
US Ambassador to Laos Ms Rena Bitter on Thursday handed over the newly completed blood centre, built as part of the humanitarian assistance project, to Deputy Governor of Champassak province Mr Somsanith Boudtivong.
These projects are part of the continuing cooperation and partnership between the US and Lao governments to help strengthen the overall health and education systems in Laos and ultimately contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In September 2016, US President Barack Obama and Lao President Bounnhang Vorachit signed the US-Laos Comprehensive Partnership to advance the relationship between the two countries. In the spirit of this new partnership, the blood centre will contribute to the health and well-being of the Lao people.
Speaking at the opening ceremony about cooperation between the US government and the government of Laos on humanitarian assistance projects, Ambassador Bitter said “This blood centre is a testament to that cooperation and dedication to improving the infrastructure of Laos and the quality of life for the Lao people, and is offered on behalf of the American people to the Lao people and government.”
By Tims Reporters
(Latest Update January 16, 2017)