Doctors and nurses working in the Outpatient Department and Emergency Room at Lao Friends Hospital for Children treated a record number of patients during the first five months of the year. The dramatic growth in caseload testifies to how critically important LFHC is to the families living in the region.
Families brought 8,078 children to the Outpatient Department from January through May, a whopping 43-percent increase from the first five months of 2017;
In the ER, where the more serious cases are treated, our staff helped 1,773 children, a 36-percent increase in patients from the same time period in 2017.
The number of children hospitalized during the first five months of the year is comparable to the number recorded in 2017. LFHC had 858 inpatient visits from January through May; a total of 883 children were hospitalized during the same period in 2017.
“As our current staff are working to maximal capacity in terms of hours and effort, it has been necessary to recruit new staff to cope with this increase in demand,” wrote LFHC Executive Director Dr. Simon Young in reporting the caseload statistics.
“The number of children presenting to the hospital and the severity of their conditions has been increasing steadily since the opening of the hospital,” he added.