Japanese Ambassador to the Lao PDR Keizo Takewaka handed over the PPEs to Minister of Health Bounkong Syhavong at the Ministry of Health in Vientiane on Feb 25 under the witness of Dr. Mark Jacobs, a representative of WHO of Laos.
In order to prevent the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide, 4,680 isolation gowns, 6,000 particulate masks, 13,200 surgical masks, 240 bottles of alcohol hand rub, 270 pieces of goggles and 12,200 pieces of disposable gloves were provided to the Lao PDR.
These items are sourced from the reserves of personal protective equipment stockpiled by Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and financed by an in-kind contribution from the Government of Japan.
The items were transferred to the Lao PDR from a warehouse in Singapore in coordination with the WHO Regional Office for Western Pacific (WPRO).
PPE will be enable to protect people living in Laos from risks of the spread of COVID-19.It is difficult for developing countries such as the Lao PDR to prepare these equipment. We appreciate for this contribution from the people of Japan. Dr. Bounkong said. Dr. Jacobs also said These PPEs will contribute to strengthen a health system in the Lao PDR. Existing stockpile of PPEs through Japan’s contribution is really important resource for preparedness and containment in this region.
Enhancing international cooperation is indispensable to prevent further spread of COVID-19 infections worldwide. As such, Japan is willing to continue its cooperation with the Lao PDR., Ambassador Takewaka said.
Source: Lao News Agency