Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lao PDR - Preparedness on track

Although there are as yet no suspected or confirmed cases of H1N1 in Laos or indeed its many south east asian neighbours, the government and international agencies have activated their pandemic preparedness plans.

Laos etsblished a multi sectoral coordination office, NAHICO, responsible for avian and human influenza and pandemic preparedness in 2006, and this office is taking the lead in ensuring the country is well prepared.

CARE alongside NAHICO have been managing a national AI hotline and this freecall hotline has now been converted to the national hotline about H1N1. The hotline is able to provide information about the disease and prevention measures the public is able to to take at this stage.

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