Dengue fever has already killed 31 people in Laos this year out of some 7,920 people who have been infected with the potentially fatal virus.
The number of infected people occurred between January 1 and now, but Laos has still not reached the peak period for dengue infections, which is in September and October.
There are four serotypes of dengue virus, and Laos and its neighbouring countries are currently facing dengue serotype 3, the main cause of the outbreak through the region.
The risk of developing severe dengue fever, also known as dengue haemorrhagic fever is high. This fever can cause severe bleeding, shock (sudden drop in blood pressure) and death. At any one time, all four strains of the dengue virus can be active, although one is ….. Continue reading
People will find it easier to cross in and out of Xayaboury province in the next few months, with the bridge over the Mekong River connecting to Luang Prabang province nearing completion.
The bridge will span the Mekong linking Thadeua village in Xayaboury to Pakkhone village in Luang Prabang, which were previously only connected by ferry services.
Construction on the 620m bridge began in 2009, with the Lao government borrowing money from South Korea in order to complete the project ….. Continue reading
Minister of Health Professor Dr Eksavang Vongvichit is concerned about the overwhelming number of dengue patients currently being treated in the capital’s hospitals as the wet season sets in.
Dr Eksavang said that medical staff should lead the public in the fight against the virus by encouraging them to destroy breeding sources of mosquitoes in their community, instead of just informing them about the minister’s order in relation to dengue prevention.
So far this year, the infection rate for dengue fever has increased six fold, compared to the number of recorded cases in the same period last year….. Continue reading
In the capital of tropical Laos, two dozen students who see their future in trade ties with neighboring China spent their school year attending Mandarin classes in a no-frills, rented room. It’s the start of China’s first, and almost certainly not its last, university campus abroad.
Education officials in China are promoting the notion of the country’s universities expanding overseas, tapping new education markets while extending the influence of the rising economic power.
China so far has been on the receiving end of the globalization of education, with Western institutions rushing to China to set up shop. Now it’s stepping out. In addition to the emerging Laos campus, there are plans for what may become one of the world’s largest overseas branch campuses in ….. Continue reading
Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Prof. Dr Bosengkham Vongdara has urged the ministry’s core officials to broaden their understanding of Marxism-Leninism.
The Party and government believe that this ideology and political philosophy will enable Laos to progress towards its objective of building a socialist state.
Prof. Dr Bosengkham was speaking to core officials at an intensive course on political ideology and administration that began in Vientiane on Friday. The course will run for 45 days.
The main aim of the sixth training course is to broaden the knowledge and capacity of core officials from the information, culture and tourism sectors so that they become successors who understand the important concepts of Marxism-Leninism theory…… Continue reading
A newly-drafted land policy offers compensation based on current market prices to those who lose their land to commercial projects, National Assembly (NA) members have learned.
This is the first ever policy to clearly state that the occupiers of land which is appropriated for investment projects must be given financial compensation that is equivalent to the market price. The draft policy is set to be debated and approved at the National Assembly’s fifth ordinary session, scheduled for early next month.
Once it is approved and promulgated, the new policy will be ….. Continue reading