Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH) announced Monday that it will help build the first national teaching hospital in Laos.
The SNUH signed an agreement to provide consultations to the Lao Ministry of Health regarding the establishment of the National Hospital of the University of Health Sciences of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (UHS-Laos).
UHS-Laos will be the first national teaching hospital in the country of Southeast Asia to improve medical services, promote professional training and improve the health and medical environment.
After construction, the SNUH will provide medical services in 24 specialist departments and clinics, including a simulation center and other facilities, the hospital said.
The best hospitals in Korea have formed a consortium and participated in the tender to help build Laos National University Hospital.
The consortium formed by SNUH, the Korea Health Industry Development Institute and a few other construction consulting firms was selected by Laos in September and signed an agreement in November.
The Economic Development Cooperation Fund plans to support the cost of the 12.6 billion won ($ 10.6 million) counseling project.
The SNUH would train local experts to manage the hospital and operation plans for four years in Korea. After the future opening of UHS-Laos, professional medical providers will be sent to Laos for three years to share medical technology.
Laos faces a growing demand for medical care but lacks patient care infrastructure due to relatively weak medical services. Upon completion of the project, SNUH expects Laos to dramatically reduce the number of patients seeking medical care in other countries and that its hospital will serve as a training ground to foster professional medical staff.
“We regularly run programs, including the Lee Jong-wook Seoul project launched in 2010, to train and educate faculty members at Laos University of Health Sciences in medical knowledge and skills,” Professor Lee Dong-yeon from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. at SNUH said. “The consultation for the establishment of the UHS hospital is part of our plans to help build the first national teaching hospital in Laos.”