RITM chosen by France for cash aid for COVID-19 response

RITM chosen by France for cash aid for COVID-19 response

The European countries have been feeling the full brunt of the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19, Italy was the second epicenter after Wuhan, China, but still the rest of the neighboring countries have felt its devastating effects.

France despite having its own problems with this pandemic still found a way to help the Philippines.

It was reported that the French government would provide financial aid to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

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RITM in Muntinlupa City has been designated as the country’s main novel coronavirus 2019 disease medical center against the outbreak.It has the most number of COVID-19 samples in the country.

France’s €2-million ECOMORE II project has designated RITM as one of the laboratories in Southeast Asia to benefit from this grant.

The French Embassy in Manila said Thursday the assistance will be used to reinforce equipment, purchase diagnostic test kits, acquire personal protective equipment and augment human resources.

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

In Southeast Asia, the Philippines ranked third in the list of Southeast Asian nations with most virus cases at 8,488, behind Singapore with 16,169 infections and Indonesia with 10,118.
“Due to significant disparities in health systems both in the national and regional levels, Southeast Asia faces higher risks in the COVID-19 pandemic… Faced this challenge, it is essential to strengthen the health infrastructures of the countries in this region,” the French Embassy said.

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