PM Bouasone was reported on the outbreak of new type influenza epidemic from the chief of the National Coordination Committee to Prevent Contagious Diseases, Dr Bounlay Phommasack.
In his report, a resident of central Borikhamsay province died of the new flu out of 156 people infected with the flu in eight provinces of Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Borikhamsay, Khammouane, Savannakhet, Champassak, Saravane and Vientiane Capital.
“The infection majority includes Vientiane Capital, Borikhamsay, Savannakhet and Champassak province, Dr Bounlay admitted. “The spread is rather rapid”.
Accordingly, PM Bouasone gave advice to leading committee members for preventing and controlling disease epidemic on research and upgrade the preventive level including sanitation education campaign, access to target communities, risk groups and schools.
“The health measure is a key for preventing the pandemic of 2009 flu,” PM advised. “Share experiences on preventing measure with neighbouring countries”.
This includes the use of thermal screening, isolation ward, drug resistance and medical treatment in combination with control measure. All hospitals, dispensaries and clinics rooms should cooperate in the control and prevention of pandemic, PM continued.
A preventive measure should be applied to athletes who will participate in the 25th SEA Games, particularly checking measure at the checkpoints.
PM Bouasone called on the Ministry of Public Health to study responding measure through the launch of a combat campaign against the outbreak at schools, offices and organisations, and communities. “If this campaign avails, it will reduce the outbreak,” said the Premier.
On the same day, PM Bouasone, representing the Government provided a number of preventive suits, hygienic masks, soap and disinfectants to the Friendship Hospital and they will then be further dispatched to other hospitals.