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The equipment to be procured this time are ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation), ventilators and patient monitoring devices used for the 1,000-bed COVID-19 treatment center which was newly established in the Ho Chi Minh City No. 2 Oncology Hospital.

JICA Provides Medical Equipment to Cho Ray Hospital to Fight COVID-19
At the request of Cho Ray Hospital, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) had decided to provide medical equipment necessary for diagnosis and treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infected patients, as an emergency support measure to help fight against the new wave of COVID-19 in the southern region of Vietnam. At this time being, JICA has started the procurement with a price tag of 120 million yen (roughly 25 billion VND).
The equipment to be procured this time are ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation), ventilators and patient monitoring devices used for the 1,000-bed COVID-19 treatment center which was newly established in the Ho Chi Minh City No. 2 Oncology Hospital. In addition, testing equipment for strengthening the capacity of the laboratory of the Cho Ray Hospital etc. will also be procured.
Currently, the number of SARS-CoV-2 infected cases is increasing significantly in the southern region of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City has taken strict social isolation measures as of July 9. In response to the situation, the Ho Chi Minh City Health Department has announced the expansion of the system for accepting infected people, specifically the establishment of the COVID-19 treatment center to secure hospital beds for severe cases. Many doctors and nurses were dispatched from other hospitals to work there, including those from Cho Ray Hospital, who are in charge of 330 of these beds.
The cooperation between Cho Ray Hospital and Japan began in the 1970s. Since then, JICA has provided various technical cooperation. In the Project for Improvement of Hospital Management which was started in 2016, JICA’s technical supports aimed to provide high-quality medical services in the southern region of Vietnam, strengthening infection control, patient safety management and multidisciplinary collaboration.
This is the second time JICA decided to provide emergency medical equipment to Cho Ray Hospital, following its previous support in July 2020.
JICA will continue to cooperate with the Government of Japan to support measures to fight against infectious diseases including the new coronavirus.

DIEP NGUYEN