Korea to Provide Surgery for Lao Children


The Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea is providing free surgery for four Lao children who have congenital malformations of the legs or arms through the Medical Korea charity programme.

The children will be operated on at the Korea University Guro Hospital in Seoul and then transferred to the Lao National Children’s Hospital in Vientiane.

Korea’s Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare, Dr Bang Moon-kyu, on Friday presented the children with vouchers from the charity programme that will fund their treatment, at a ceremony held at the Lao National Children’s Hospital in Vientiane.

Also present on the occasion was Lao Deputy Minister of Health, Associate Prof. Dr Phouthone Meuangpak.

The project coordinator explained that Medical Korea is the national brand that represents Korea’s excellence and has given new life and hope to ailing children across the globe via a medical charity programme with its state of the art medical technologies. The programme is supported by Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare and Korean hospitals.

Under this programme, from 2011 to 2015 a total of 310 patients from 25 countries have been filled with new hope. Nine Lao patients have benefitted, two in 2013, six in 2014 and one in 2015.

This year, the four children chosen will have the opportunity to receive treatment in the Republic of Korea.

Dr Bang Moon Kyu said that over past three years, the Lao National Children’s Hospital and Korea University Guro Hospital have enjoyed cooperation in various fields.

He told the children’ parents not to worry while their children were in Korea because Korean doctors were expert surgeons and the children would enjoy better health after their operations.


Source: Vientiane Times