- PM: Create conditions, opportunities for children’s development
Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh has called for all sectors of society to join hands to create conditions and opportunities conducive for the development of children, striving to achieve a bright future for them.
Delivering a message on Monday to mark World Children’s Day on June 1, the premier underlined the need to create such conditions so that Lao children could fulfil their development and growth potential
- Hopes rise for end to lockdown as Covid cases dwindle
Lao people are hoping that the government will be able to control the spread of Covid-19 after only one new case of the virus was reported on Monday.
Vientiane, where the country’s first community outbreak was reported, has recorded zero cases for the first time since the virus outbreak erupted in mid-April.
The single new case that was reported on Monday occurred in Champassak province and brings the total number of Covid cases in Laos since March last year to 1,912, of whom three people have died.
The government has battled against the invisible virus for more than a month, imposing a lockdown for the third time in a bid to keep the virus in check.
Hopes are now rising following a gradual decline in the number of new cases in recent weeks.
- Smoking-related deaths remain a cause for concern
Laos has the second worst record of all Asean countries with regard to smoking-related deaths, even though health officials have worked to raise public awareness of the harmful effects of tobacco.
Deaths, where tobacco is considered to be the main contributor, are estimated at 4,807 per year on average or 13 people per day, while every year tobacco kills at least 8 million people around the world.
Millions more live with lung cancer, tuberculosis, asthma, or chronic lung diseases caused by tobacco. Healthy lungs are essential for living a healthy, productive, and active life. ...More >>>