The Indian government donated last week a consignment of medicines and medical supplies as a gift to the Lao PDR to support its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic which has infected 20 people including two foreigners as of Aug 9.
At a simple function organized in Vientiane on Aug 4, the Ambassador of India Dinkar Asthana formally handed over to Minister of Health Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bounkong Sihavong a consignment of medicines and medical supplies that India has gifted to the Lao PDR.
These medicines and medical items will be used by the Lao health authorities to support the fight of the Lao PDR against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The consignment of medical aid from India to the Lao PDR testifies to the two countries’ strong bilateral ties, particularly their close religious, cultural and historical linkages.
Here, it would be contextual to recall the telephonic conversation between the Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Indian counterpart Shri Narendra Modi on Jun 12.
The two leaders exchanged views on the health and economic challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Both leaders agreed on the need for international cooperation, and for sharing of best-practices and experiences, in order to prepare for the post-COVID world.
Prime Minister Modi also commended the effective measures undertaken by the Government of the Lao PDR to contain spread of the pandemic in the Lao PDR.
During the conversation, Prime Minister Modi highlighted India’s historic and cultural links with Laos and expressed satisfaction at being involved in the restoration of the World Heritage Site at Vat Phou.
The Lao Prime Minister had thanked Prime Minister Modi for India’s support for the Lao PDR’s development programmes, in capacity building and for scholarships. Prime Minister Modi had reiterated India’s commitment to continue its development partnership with the Lao PDR, a valued partner in India’s extended neighbourhood.
Subsequently, seven officers from the Lao PDR’s Military Medical Department participated in the first ever e-ITEC course on COVID-19 conducted by the Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS) from July 6 to 9 for the militaries of CLMV countries.
This first e-course under the defence segment of the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme was part of larger efforts of the government of India to provide a platform for sharing best practices and experiences in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
India’s role as the ‘pharmacy of the world’ and a net provider of health security on a global scale have come into sharp focus during this pandemic. Its world-class pharmaceutical industry is the producer of choice for critical medications, with brand recognition across geographies and markets. The pandemic produced an explosion in demand for drugs such as Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and Paracetamol produced in India.
In a coordinated response involving several branches of government and multiple private sector pharmaceutical companies, India was able to supply large volumes of these drugs and medical items to partner countries across the world. India’s policies and actions are guided by its civilizational ethos and heritage – which places humanity at the centre of global prosperity and cooperation – and informed by the idea of responsible international citizenship.
The Minister of Health thanked the government of India for its assistance by way of gifting medicines and medical items for combating the COVID-19 pandemic and recalled the close and friendly bilateral relations between the two developing countries based on roots in their cultural and religious linkages.
Source: Lao News Agency