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Japan provides aid to Vietnam for Covid-19 fight

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has provided aid packages worth 80 million JPY (US$733.300) to support Vietnam's countermeasures against Covid-19.

The first part of the aid package worth 60 million JPY ($550,000) to Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City includes 2,000 copies of the Nosocomial Infection Control Manual, handed over to the Cho Ray Hospital by JICA Vietnam Office on Wednesday.

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A delegation from the JICA Vietnam Office visits Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City on Wednesday.

Another package worth 20 million JPY ($183,300) will be given to six provincial Centres of Disease Control (CDCs) in Nam Dinh, Ha Giang, Bac Giang, Vinh Phuc, Kien Giang and Tra Vinh provinces.

With technical input from JICA experts, Cho Ray Hospital’s Department of Infection Control developed the manual which is expected to improve infection control activities at the Cho Ray Vietnam Japan Friendship Hospital and 21 provincial hospitals in the southern region, which are under Cho Ray Hospital’s guidance and support.

Speaking at a meeting with a delegation of the JICA Vietnam Office at Cho Ray Hospital on Wednesday, Nguyen Tri Thuc, director of Cho Ray Hospital, said the hospital was one of the first hospitals in Việt Nam to receive support from JICA, beginning in 1969.

The hospital is working with JICA to build the Cho Ray Vietnam -Japan Friendship Hospital, Thuc said.

JICA has helped Cho Ray Hospital improve patient safety management and develop a multi-professional approach and infection control through the “Improvement of Hospital Management Competency” project that targets patient-oriented and high-quality medical services.

The project also improves hospital management capabilities.

In August 2019, to strengthen Cho Ray’s nosocomial infection control capacity, the JICA project provided training on usage of personal protective equipment to doctors and nurses at the hospital.

Prior to the first confirmed patient with Covid-19 in January at Cho Ray, JICA experts provided materials and conducted training sessions on nosocomial infection control at the hospital.

Since 2006, JICA has installed biosafety level-three laboratories that enable safe handling of highly hazardous pathogens at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) and the Pasteur Institute in HCM City (PIHCMC).

JICA has also offered help to improve laboratory diagnoses of infectious pathogens. Based on this support, NIHE and PIHCMC have been able to test for Covid-19.

JICA experts are working with NIHE and PIHCMC to strengthen the examination capabilities and collaboration network of provincial CDCs in Vietnam.

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Source: VNS

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