U.S. Ambassador to the Lao PDR Peter Haymond was joined by Saravan Vice Governor Somchay Ounchit and Director of Saravan Provincial Department of Health Akhom Lamvichit to lead a groundbreaking ceremony for comprehensive renovations of the Khongxedon District Hospital, Saravan Province, on Jan 26.
At the ceremony, the officials signed an Administrative Memorandum to coordinate the renovation between the U.S. Department of Defense and the provincial department.
This year marks the 5th anniversary of the U.S.-Lao Comprehensive Partnership. This work is one part of the Partnership, as the United States supports the Lao PDR in working to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal number #3 for good health and well-being.
The renovation of the Khongxedon Hospital will improve medical access for the people of Khongxedon District and Saravan Province.
Ambassador Haymond said, “The Khongxedon District Hospital stands as one of many symbols of the United States’ commitment to the health and welfare of the people of the Lao PDR, and to the great friendship between our two peoples. It is wonderful to know that this facility will continue to provide help to the people of Saravan for many more years.”
Over last 20 years, the United States has provided more than US$4.5 million to Saravan Province for humanitarian assistance construction projects, of which US$800,000 was dedicated for the renovation of Khongxedon District Hospital.
The hospital was originally built in 2003 and has been providing health assistance to the people of Saravan since that time.
The U.S. Department of Defense, in cooperation with the Government of the Lao PDR, is currently funding four projects: the Laokha Clinic and Huaykhaominh School in Khammuan Province (completed in May 2020); the Khongxedon Hospital renovation; and the Sivilay School in Khammuan Province (scheduled to begin construction later in 2021).
These projects are just one part of broader work by the United States across the Lao PDR in the areas of health, education, nutrition, UXO removal, law enforcement, and many others.
Source: Lao News Agency