Prevention of Ebola tops government meeting
(KPL) The preventive measures against Ebola virus was the most discussed at the government’s monthly meeting this week.
To prevent and combat the Ebola virus, the meeting agreed to urge all relevant sectors to impose proper measures to prevent the deadly virus which has claimed over 1,400 lives so far this year.
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong urged relevant sectors at both central and local levels to increase their preventive efforts in order to prevent possible disease outbreak such as Ebola, malaria and dengue fever.
The cabinet also urged authorities at border checkpoints countrywide to strengthen their management of people immigration.
It also called public members to stay updated on the Ebola virus outbreak and related information.
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%, according to World Health Organisation.
Ebola is one of the world's most virulent diseases. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients.
The three-day meeting (25-27 August) was held at the Government Office under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong.
The discussion also covered draft decree on the implementation of socio-economic development plan and state budget plan for next fiscal year 2014-15.
The government has set an economic growth target for 2014-2015 fiscal year at 7.5 per cent or higher and aimed to have inflation rate standing lower than the economic growth rate.
The meeting also witnessed the approval of an amended decree on cheques, aiming to reduce cash use and the cost of printing banknotes and approved the amended law on healthcare, aiming to better develop healthcare service for multi-ethnic Lao people.
A draft law on management of alcoholic beverages, was also approved at the meeting along with a draft law on immigration management and the management of foreign nationals, and a draft law on the management of foreign currencies.
"All relevant sectors should have strict measures in place in order to minimize social ills such as drug abuse and trafficking, road accidents, illegal logging and mining,"said Prime Minister Thongsing.