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JICA donates medical equipment to Hue Central Hospital

By Le Anh

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HCMC – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has continued its support to Vietnam’s fight against Covid-19 by donating medical equipment, including five ventilators, five electrocardiogram measuring devices and seven infant incubators, to the Hue Central Hospital in the ending days of 2021.

This batch was part of initial support within the framework of the technical cooperation project entitled “The Project for Enhancing Hue Central Hospital Capabilities in responding to Covid-19”.

The project will deliver six batches of 11 different types of equipment, with a total value of 200 million yen, or roughly VND39.3 billion.

The Covid pandemic is expected to continue spreading throughout Vietnam, while the daily number of new infections has exceeded 15,000.

In Thua Thien Hue and the neighboring provinces, the daily number of new infections is on the rise. There is concern that the number of infected people will increase rapidly as domestic traffic intensifies toward the Lunar New Year holiday at the end of January 2022.

By strengthening the Hue Central Hospital, which plays a major role as the leading hospital in the central region, JICA hopes that the central region will improve its ability to respond to infectious diseases, including Covid-19.

On December 28, 2021, JICA also provided 168,000 kits of rapid antigen tests to the Ministry of Health. JICA will continue to work with the Government of Japan to support Vietnam with measures against infectious diseases, including the coronavirus.

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