The RITM will receive financial aid from France to stimulate the response to COVID-19

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The RITM will receive financial aid from France to stimulate the response to COVID-19

Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) – April 30, 2020 – 6:21 p.m.

MANILA, Philippines – The French government has announced that it will provide funding to the Tropical Medicine Research Institute, the country’s main coronavirus test, to support its response to the epidemic.

The RITM is one of the laboratories in Southeast Asia that will benefit from the French ECOMORE II project of 2 million euros.

The French embassy in Manila said on Thursday that the aid will be used to strengthen equipment, buy diagnostic test kits, acquire personal protective equipment and increase human resources.

The aid will also be used for training and skills transfer, the deployment of mass tests and support for data processing in partnership with the French Research and Development Institute to strengthen surveillance of the epidemic.

RITM in Muntinlupa City is the facility that can process the largest number of COVID-19 samples in the country. He was forced to cut operations last week after 45 of his employees tested positive for COVID-19.

In the region, the Philippines ranks third in the list of Southeast Asian countries with the most virus cases with 8,488, behind Singapore with 16,169 infections and Indonesia with 10,118.

“Due to significant disparities in health systems at the national and regional levels, Southeast Asia faces higher risks in the COVID-19 pandemic… Faced with this challenge, it is essential to strengthen health infrastructures of the countries of this region ”, explains the Frenchman. The embassy said.

The other laboratories that will benefit from the project are the Pasteur Institute in Laos, the Pasteur Institute in Cambodia, the National Health Laboratory in Myanmar and the National Hygiene and Epidemiology Institute in Vietnam, the Pasteur Institute in Nha Trang and the Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City.



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