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Health Ministry and JICA sign project to prepare health care system for COVID response amid worsening COVID situation in the region


May 11, 2021

The need to enhance the healthcare system and prepare for COVID response has become urgent amid the worsening situation of COVID-19 across the globe. Towards this end, the health ministry and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed the Record of Discussion(RoD) on the project, Strengthening of the COVID-19 Test and Health Service Delivery yesterday. The RoD determines the mutual agreement to implement the project.

The project which will be implemented within a year intends to strengthen the COVID-19 test and provide equitable and quality health service.

Through the project, the health ministry expects to ensure uninterrupted health services for all times to come. The project will also help enhance COVID testing and provide essential health care equipment. It will also help in conducting in-country workshops and seminars on COVID-19 testing.

“This project is basically intended for COVID related activities, as well as our health services. If you see the component of the project, basically we are going to get the equipment. For example, we will get some hemodialysis machines, x-ray machines, echo machines which will be stalled in our hospitals and it will definitely help our people. Then we will also be getting some refrigerated vans for the Royal Centre for Disease Control that will be used mainly for COVID related activities,” said Health Secretary Dr Pandup Tshering.

The project will be complete by March 2022.

Kelzang Choden 

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