Vietnam to provide new hospitals for Huaphan, Xieng Khuang
Huaphan and Xieng Khuang provinces will soon have much-needed modern hospitals funded by the Vietnamese government.
Deputy Director of the Planning and Investment Department in Huaphan province, Mr Mayleuy Phimmasone, told Vientiane Times the Vietnamese government had agreed to grant an estimated US$24 million to build a hospital in Xamneua district.
The project is currently in the preparation stage and is expected to be submitted to the government this week for final approval before any construction can begin, Mr Mayleuy said.
Vietnam would officially approve a grant of US$24 million after the project is approved by the government, with approval scheduled for the end of this month.
Construction is expected to start in March or April and is slated for completion within three years. The 200-bed hospital will be able to admit more patients than the existing provincial hospital, which only has 80 beds, Mr Mayleuy said.
The planned hospital will have nine floors and be equipped with essential medical facilities, while Lao staff will learn the necessary professional skills from their Vietnamese counterparts so they can run the hospital efficiently, he added.
Director of the Health Department in Xieng Khuang province and a project official, Mr Bounsay Nuanthasy, told Vientiane Times that Vietnam will support the construction of a provincial hospital in Paek district. Vietnam will also provide the necessary hospital equipment and teach staff up-to-date treatment skills.
Vietnam will officially ap prove a grant estimated at US$17.6 million to US$25 million for the project after it is given the green light by the Lao government. Local authorities are preparing details of the project for submission to the government as soon as possible.
Construction will begin after the Laos-Vietnam cooperation committee gives its approval and the authorities will be informed of the date that work is to start.
The existing provincial hospital in Paek district has 100 beds but this number is insufficient. Mr Bounsay said Vietnam's assistance will enable the construction of the hospital, double the number of beds, and provide modern medical facilities.
Xieng Khuang province also has six healthcare centres each with 25 beds.
Xieng Khuang province, Laos and Vietnam have agreed to cooperate in the exchange of medical skills until 2020. Some Lao staff have undergone training in Vietnam and Vietnamese staff have received training in Laos, while the new grant will enable continuing support for medical activities in the province, Mr Bounsay said.
By Keoviengkhone Bounviseth
(Latest Update February 13, 2017)