Vientiane, 25 November 2021 (TDI): China officially handed over the first wing of a new hospital building to Laos. The building is part of the Mahosot Hospital Complex, in Vientiane. The Ambassador of China to Laos, Jiang Zaidong formally handed over the building.
Mahosot Hospital Complex
Mahosot Hospital is one of the first hospitals in Laos. French doctors established it in 1910. Some of the original buildings are still part of the complex.
The first wing of the new Mahosot Hospital building is constructed on approximately five hectares of land. On completion, the hospital will be the largest in the country. It is built and funded by the People’s Republic of China at over CNY 592 million (USD 92 million).
The construction of the hospital is divided into two phases. The first phase includes an eight-story building and a four-story building, which was recently completed and handed over to Lao authorities. Whilst the second phase involves the construction of another five-story building and a four-story building, by the end of 2022.
New Mahosot Hospital Complex
The Mahosot Hospital Complex will have 600 beds and a rooftop helicopter pad. The Chinese government will also supply medical equipment to the new Hospital. Aside from that, China will also train the hospital’s medical personnel for three years, after completion. This will help to improve the quality of treatment offered by Lao physicians.
The groundbreaking ceremony of the Mahosot Hospital complex was held in 2017. It was attended by the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, and the Lao President, Bounnhang Vorachit.
The bilateral ties between China and Laos encompass collaboration in the realm of trade and aid, mainly. China is the largest source of development investments and assistance in Laos.