Phnom Penh: $ 8.5 million project to improve the quality of infectious disease surveillance, laboratory, human resources and emergency response systems A memorandum of understanding was signed by senior officials of the Ministry of Health and officials of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Cambodia.

The five-year project, which runs from 2021 onwards, was signed on September 25 between Secretary of State O Vandin and Ministry of Health Spokesman and Mr. RHO Hyunjun, Director of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Cambodia.

O Vandin told the Post by telegram on September 27 that under the technical assistance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cambodia (USCDC) This project is designed to improve the quality of infectious disease surveillance systems in the human resources laboratory. And the emergency response system administered by the Ministry of Health of Cambodia to achieve its commitment to the 2005 International Health Regulations.

"The Government of the Republic of Korea, through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Cambodia, has always cooperated with the Ministry," she said. Excellent health, which in the past has helped many health sectors, such as building infrastructure in hospitals such as Preah Ang Duong Hospital, Batheay Referral Hospital and "Siem Reap Provincial Hospital, especially in the circumstances that we have been fighting against Kovid 19."

According to a KOICA press release, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USCDC) will work with the Department of Health to strengthen the system. The National Laboratory builds the capacity of public health staff, including epidemiologists, as well as develops national and sub-national emergency response programs.

In 2017, the first phase of the KOICA project, $ 3 million was spent through cooperation with USCDC and USAID in Cambodia. In the last three years, KOICA has been implementing a project to expand immunization and strengthen the system in a number of provinces. There are Ratanakkiri, Mondulkiri, Stung Treng, Preah Vihear and Kratie provinces.

The new project will continue to support the training of epidemiologists, with each district having a fully competent epidemiologist. To monitor the outbreak of any infectious disease in the area and be able to track the cases found.

In addition, KOICA will continue to build laboratory quality management systems and laboratory information systems in 49 public laboratories in the country and Strengthen the transport capacity of analytical samples. According to the announcement of the results of this project, it is expected that all public laboratories will be equipped with equipment for accurate diagnosis. And more reliable in diagnosing infectious diseases.

This year, KOICA Cambodia will spend an additional $ 1 million to support Cambodia's KovIC 19 response program. .