Not only was August one of the rainiest months of the year in Laos, it was also the busiest month in the three-year history of Lao Friends Hospital for Children.
Doctors and nurses working in the Outpatient Department and Emergency Room treated 2,039 children in August, the largest number of patients in a single month since the hospital opened in 2015. The outpatient numbers also have risen more than 200 percent in two years, LFHC administrators reported.
Inpatient numbers also were high, with more than 200 children hospitalized during August. Furthermore, these children have remained hospitalized for longer periods than in the past. Many were treated for bone infections, chronic skin wounds, malnutrition and encephalitis.
June, July and August proved to be busy months for the Neonatal Unit, which admitted 143 newborn infants during that period. Many of these tiny patients were born extremely premature or with serious conditions that required long and intensive periods of treatment. The average length of stay for these infants peaked at 8.35 days in August. The unit now typically has 14 to 16 babies occupying beds. The new, expanded Neonatal Unit will be fully occupied the day it opens, administrators said.