ADB to support health security in Laos, Mekong region

2017-02-05 14:59:40 GMT2017-02-05 22:59:40(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

VIENTIANE, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Lao government have signed an agreement for a 12 million-U.S. dollar loan and grant package from 2017 to 2022, to bolster health security in 12 provinces of Laos and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

The package will support the government's efforts to improve the control of emerging infectious diseases such as SARS and bird flu, as well as hospital services, reported Lao state-run Vientiane Times on Sunday.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Officer-In-Charge at ADB's Laos Resident Mission Steven Schipani said that effective infectious disease control and prevention is a regional priority.

The agreement will support Lao Ministry of Health's efforts to digitize its disease surveillance system and strengthen the outbreak rapid response teams in remote areas.