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Vietnamese Embassy in Laos actively protects citizens amid Covid-19

Malie Nguyen Malie Nguyen

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May 13, 2021 | 09:26

Head of Consular Department under Vietnamese Embassy in Laos Nguyen Duy Quan said that since Covid-19 broke out, the Embassy has actively coordinated with Vietnamese and Lao authorities to protect citizens.

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There are currently 100.000 Vietnamese people in Laos, including 50,000-60,000 freelance workers.

Due to the fact that Laos has implemented its Decree No.62 on managing foreign workers and the Covid-19 pandemic, most Vietnamese freelance workers in Laos have returned to the country.

The pandemic has adversely affected the Vietnamese community in Laos. Nevertheless, according to Quan, they have strictly complied with the host country’s anti-pandemic measures and supported each other to surmount the difficulties.

Fostering Vietnam-Laos relations

The Vietnamese community in Laos always believes and highly appreciates the policies of Vietnamese Party and State in Covid-19 prevention and control.

Apart from advising the Vietnamese government to support Laos in Covid-19 fight, the Embassy has coordinated with the Vietnamese Association in Laos to organize a series of meaningful activities, according to the World& Vietnam Report.

Firstly, strengthening propaganda and guiding Vietnamese community in Laos to strictly adhere to the host country’s anti-pandemic measures.

Vietnamese Embassy in Laos actively protects citizens amid Covid-19
Representative from the Vietnamese Embassy in Laos presents food for Vietnamese students at the National University of Laos. Photo: VOV

Secondly, calling donations to support the Lao government and citizens, including Vietnamese people in the country, to fight against the novel coronavirus.

Thirdly, collaborating with the Vietnamese Association in Vientiane to provide relief aid to Vietnamese Covid-19 patients and quarantined F1, F2 cases.

Fourthly, coordinating with and supporting the Lao authorities in contact tracing and taking samples from Vietnamese people for Covid-19 testing.

These activities are manifestations of solidarity and mutual support among overseas Vietnamese as well as for great friendship between Vietnam and Laos.

Promoting mutual support

The pandemic has been rampant in Laos, especially in Vientiane capital. The new infections have also been reported among Vietnamese community here.

The Embassy has coordinated with the Vietnamese Association in Vientiane to provide timely assistance as well as prepare plans in case more Vietnamese contract the virus.

The Embassy has also requested the host country to establish a centralized quarantine facility for Vietnamese F1 and F2 cases.

The Embassy, in collaboration with the Vietnamese Consulate General in Luang Prabang visited and handed over face masks and food to quarantined Vietnamese students in the area.

Vietnamese Association in Vientiane, Buddhists at Phat Tich –Vientiane Pagoda and Hanoi - Vientiane Hospital donated tens of millions of kip and necessities for Vietnamese people who have suffered difficulties caused by the pandemic.

Vietnamese Embassy in Laos actively protects citizens amid Covid-19

Lao citizens wear face masks to prevent Covid-19. Photo: VNA

Supporting legal procedures for Covid-19 Vietnamese death

On May 9, a 52-year-old Vietnamese woman who worked in a karaoke parlor in Vientiane has become Laos’s first Covid-19 fatality.

The woman had moved to Laos last year and was working at the karaoke parlor linked to Laos’s Patient 59, believed to be the source of the latest Covid-19 outbreak in the neighboring nation.

The Vietnamese woman tested positive for the novel coronavirus on April 28 and was admitted to a hospital in Vientiane on April 30. She suffered from other health conditions, reports said.

Her condition took a turn for the worse Saturday and the Vietnamese embassy in Laos had asked for online medical assistance from Vietnam’s Ministry of Health.

But all the efforts proved in vain as the woman breathed her last at 1 p.m. Sunday.

After receiving the news, the Embassy contacted the local authorities to carry out the legal procedures to hand over the body in accordance with Lao regulations.

The Embassy along with the Vietnamese Association in Vientiane organized the funeral for the patient. Her body was then cremated and preserved at Phat Tich Pagoda, Vientiane.

In addition, the Embassy contacted Vietnamese authorities to transfer patient’s ashes to the country.

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Malie Nguyen