Vientiane, 30 April 2018
The health of workers in Lao PDR was of key concern in the multi-sectoral consultation meeting to raise awareness on importance of banning chrysotile asbestos, and jointly finalise a National Action Plan to reduce and mitigate asbestos-related diseases in the country.
Relevant stakeholders from the government, non-government organizations and development partners participated actively in the discussion on how to protect the worker and stop the exposure. Urgent action is required to prevent the extended use of asbestos as a construction material and ban all forms of asbestos to protect lives, support safer economic growth and ensure social stability in the country.
Dr Juliet Fleischl, WHO Representative to Lao PDR said “All forms of asbestos can cause cancer in humans, and no threshold has been identified for the carcinogenic risks. This is the conclusion reached by experts from WHO and IARC following a series of authoritative international assessments conducted over a period of more than 15 years.”