Priority health concerns

Maternal and child health

Unseasonable rains lead to rise in rainy season diseases

Unseasonable weather in southwestern provinces during the dry season has led to an increase in cases of diarrhoea, dengue fever, and hand, foot and mouth disease, all of which usually occur during the rainy season, according to health experts. The Cần Thơ Pediatric Hospital in ...

WHO expands support to health sector

The World Health Organisation has forecast a budget of over US$2 million in assistance to Laos from 2017 to 2018 to improve the health sector in the country. On February 21, the WHO confirmed that it will continue to provide around US$2 million in support ...

Nurses, midwives urged to adhere to ethics and council laws

The Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Council has urged all nurses and midwives to adhere to ethics and council laws to improve the level of professionalism in the industry. MNMC President Daw Phyu Phyu said the council will be distributing three books – the MNMC Law, ...

South steps up preventive measures against dengue fever, Zika virus

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyễn Thanh Long on February 16 urged agencies and local authorities in the southern region to take preventive measures against outbreaks of dengue and Zika virus infections. “The World Health Organisation has issued a warning that Việt Nam is inside the ‘belt’ ...

Ministry warns of foot and mouth disease spread

The Ministry of Health has asked people across the country to take protective measures against hand, foot, and mouth disease after data from the ministry’s General Department of Preventive Medicine showed that over 2,100 people had contracted the disease in 57 localities this year. Nonetheless, ...

Hand, foot, mouth disease alert

The Health Ministry’s Communicable Disease Control department has urged people to be cautious of the spread of hand, food and mouth disease and asked that infants or children displaying symptoms be brought to seek medical treatment immediately. Ministry spokesperson and director of the CDC Ly Sovann ...

Medics assess developments in internal medicine

Development partners along with the line Health Departments of each province under the Ministry of Health met on February 9 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 ...

WHO extends support for health sector reform

The World Health Organisation is providing US$2.1 million in initial assistance for the strengthening of healthcare services in Laos. With US$11.3 million committed for 2016-17, the amount of funding has increased by 22 percent over 2014-15. An agreement for the funding was signed in Vientiane ...

13 new midwives ready to serve Bokeo health centres

Plan International’s second cohort of scholarship recipients for classes that teach them to be skilled birth attendants are ready to return to their hometowns and work in rural health centres in Bokeo province. The young midwives have spent two years at the Health Training Centre ...

Newborn care still a concern

Although infant mortality rates have dropped dramatically over the past 15 years, a new report in the journal Healthcare has identified significant shortcomings in newborn care in Cambodia. After interviewing mothers, caretakers and midwives in charge of delivering and caring for newborn babies in Takeo ...

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