On 19 October, PanAust’s Lao-registered Company, Phu Bia Mining (PBM) Chairman, Mr Chanpheng Bounnaphol donated Laos’ first mobile medical sample collection unit to the Government of Laos in Vientiane. Worth US$68,000, the unit was presented to the Minister of Health, Associate Professor, Dr Bounkong Sihavong.
The mobile sample collection unit will be used by the Lao National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology (NCLE) to collect COVID-19 and other specimens for laboratory testing across the country, particularly from those living in remote Provinces.
Customised and fitted on the back of a four wheel drive, the mobile sample collection unit is ergonomically designed and all systems including laboratory facilities, air conditioning, lights, ozone disinfection, surveillance cameras and a microphone, are centrally controlled. The design also incorporates personal protective equipment that allows medical personnel to collect samples inside the unit through protective sleeves.
The donation demonstrates PBM’s commitment to increasing access to healthcare services in country and supporting the safety and wellbeing of medical personnel providing these services.
Watch the video of the donation ceremony in Vientiane on 19 October 2020.
Read the media release