Lao government warns public against COVID-19 fake news
The ministry and the World Health Organisation are the only reliable sources of information on the virus and prevention efforts, said Rattanaxay Phetsavanh, Director General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control (DCDC) under the Lao Ministry of Health.
The public should not read or share social media posts that contain misinformation, he said, adding that at present, two facilities can carry out urgent blood tests to identify symptoms of the COVID-19, namely the National Centre for Laboratory and Epidemiology, and the Pasteur Institute in Vientiane.
Health officials said Mittaphab Hospital (Friendship Hospital) and Mahosot Hospital in capital Vientiane were the only two hospitals in the city designated to treat anyone who contracts the virus.
The DCDC will work with other hospitals in Vientiane capital, especially the 103 Hospital, if Mittaphab has more patients than it can handle, he said.
Health officials advise anyone with flu-like symptoms who has travelled to an outbreak area or had any contact with an at-risk group to get in touch with hospital staff.
The Lao ministry is also advising the general public to protect themselves against the virus by limiting contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
Officials are strengthening preparedness for and response to the COVID-19, Rattanaxay added./.