Chinese engineering firm offers charity clinics to Lao villagers

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Chinese engineering companies with a stake in the China-Laos Railway project are actively involved in poverty alleviation, including offering charity clinics to Lao villagers. Xinhua

LUANG PRABANG (Xinhua) – PowerChina Sinohydro Bureau 3 Co., LTD, a Chinese engineering company that is building the fourth section of the China-Laos railway in northern Laos’ Luang Prabang province, has offered charity clinics to the local villagers.

The company recently provided free treatment to more than 600 villagers in five villages along the China-Laos railway, the company told Xinhua.

The Sinohydro Bureau 3 project department of the China-Laos Railway is located in the dense forests and deep valleys, with bumpy roads and harsh natural environment. A large number of local villagers suffer from diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis without proper access to medical treatment due to lack of medical facilities.

The company’s project department linked up with the local government and organised its medical staff to conduct a one-week free clinic which started in mid-January.

Since the commencement of the China-Laos railway construction in December 2016, several Chinese firms have been actively involved in poverty alleviation and disaster relief in Laos, such as building roads and bridges for villagers, supporting local education and donating materials to the poverty-hit families.

The China-Laos railway is promoted by leaders of the two countries as one of interconnectivity projects under the framework of China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative. Construction of the railway began in December 2016, and the railway is expected to open to traffic in December 2021.

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