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Health Workers Make Up 10% of Myanmar’s COVID-19 Cases

More than 10 percent of those currently infected with COVID-19 in Myanmar are health workers, according to a top government medic. “More than 10 percent of those infected with COVID-19 after Aug. 16 are health staff,” said the director of contagious disease prevention and eradication at ...

THAZIN HLAING

Laos records 198 more cases of dengue fever

The Lao Ministry of Health reported 198 more cases of dengue fever, bringing the total number of infections to 5,223. The 5,223 people has been diagnosed with dengue fever and nine deaths were recorded, Center of Information and Education for health under Lao Ministry of Health ...

Pregnancy doesn't stop during a pandemic. Neither do human rights.

Covid-19 has taken an enormous toll on women and girls around the world as a direct consequence of national lockdowns and the sidelining of sexual and reproductive health services. Health systems are struggling to respond to the pandemic. As the crisis rages on, the number of women ...

Natalia Kanem, Naomi Kitahara

Thailand Makes Its Own Covid-19 Tests to Avoid Import Reliance

Thailand is ramping up domestic production of Covid-19 test kits to avoid a potential shortage, as it prepares for a possible second wave of infections after most businesses and services reopened. “Thailand has always received criticism for testing too few, and that was the case at ...

Lao Doctors, Nurses Demand Overtime Pay Owed For Work Containing COVID

Over 800 health-care workers in southern provinces of Laos are calling on authorities to pay them for extra hours worked this year in hospitals and quarantine centers while trying to control the spread of coronavirus, according to sources in the one-party communist state. However, official sources ...

RFA’s Lao Service. Translated by Manichanh Phimphachanh. Written in English by Richard Finney

Central Highlands put on high alert as diphtheria cases hit 65

Vietnam’s Central Highlands reported 17 cases of diphtheria Tuesday, raising the total to 65 in a month, prompting health authorities to take stronger action against the deadly disease. With the new cases, Dak Nong now has 25 cases, Kon Tum 23, Gia Lai 16 while Dak ...

Tran Hoa

ASEAN Underground Abortion

Abortion is an extremely taboo topic in some parts of conservative Southeast Asia. ASEAN member states such as the Philippines and Lao do not permit abortion. Whereas Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand only allow abortion if a medical practitioner deems that continuing the pregnancy poses a danger ...

Athira Nortajuddin

PM announces Laos free of Covid-19

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has announced the Lao PDR is free of Covid-19 following the discharge of all 19 covid-19 patients from hospital and 59 consecutive days of no new infections.  “As of today, June 10, 2020, the number of people infected with COVID-19 in our ...

Opinion: Building climate resilience for malaria elimination

Climate Change is one of the biggest threats humanity has ever faced. By all accounts, and if not mitigated, it will have a devastating impact on life as we know it: rising sea levels that inundate coast lines causing mass migration on a level never ...

Vaibhav Gupta

Govt officials urged to expedite aid to the unemployed

Local labour authorities around the country need to quickly implement government measures to assist the unemployed and help cushion inevitable job losses in the months to come, according to a leading official. Director-General of the Department of Labour Skill Development at the Ministry of Labour and ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

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