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JICA aids Hue Central Hospital with Covid-19 treatment

By Le Anh

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HCMC – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) announced today, September 1, that it had launched a project to enhance the Hue Central Hospital’s capabilities to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The eight-month project, starting from August 2021, aims to supply essential medical equipment and provide technical training on the use and management of the medical equipment with a total estimated value of 200 million yen, or some VND42 billion, funded by JICA.

The medical equipment will be installed at Facility No. 2 of the Hue Central Hospital, where Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms are being treated.

The equipment includes ECMO machines, ventilators, monitors, ambulances and low-temperature freezers for vaccine storage.

The project will implement remote training in medical equipment management for the hospital’s equipment management unit.

“Shortly after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, the Hue Central Hospital promptly established a Covid-19 isolation and treatment center and mobilized all of its equipment to meet the needs of diagnosis and treatment. However, the hospital has always faced a shortage of medical equipment,” said Prof. Dr. Pham Nhu Hiep, director of the hospital.

As such, the project for enhancing the Hue Central Hospital’s capabilities in responding to Covid-19 supported by JICA will have a significant and sustainable impact on improving the quality of medical examination and treatment, particularly for Covid-19 patients, he added.

Strengthening the capacity of the health sector in Central Vietnam to respond to the possible recurrence of the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare for emerging infectious diseases is an urgent task. As the leading hospital in the central region, the Hue Central Hospital plays an important role in both medical services and training.

With the capacity improvement project for the hospital, JICA expects to contribute to improving the quality of medical services for the central region of Vietnam in response to the pandemic.

Earlier, in March 2021, JICA provided the hospital with various essential medical equipment and supplies.

JICA will actively work with the Government of Japan to continue its support to enhance the quality of medical services in Vietnam.

By Le Anh

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