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UE offers € 1 million to support ongoing COVID-19 response in Timor-Leste

UE offers € 1 million to support ongoing COVID-19 response in Timor-Leste

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DILI, 15 june 2021, (TATOLI) – The European Union (EU) together with the World Health Organization (WHO) signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health (MoH), to offer more than €1 million financial support to assist the ongoing COVID-19 response in Timor-Leste.

The Ambassador of the European Union (EU) Andrew Jacob said the € 1 million support was offered to the government of Timor-Leste to strengthen its capacity in responding to the health impacts of the COVID-19, and also to support improving the management of the COVID-19 positive cases in six regional hospitals in Timor-Leste, namely Dili, Baucau, Suai, Maubisse, Oeccusse, and Maliana.

“This support is to provide specialized technical assistance for institutional capacity building and human resources training, laboratory capacity building, and the effective management of the confirmed COVID-19 cases, and the distribution of the medical diagnostic equipment such as ventilators and medicines,” Jacobs made the comments during the signing agreement ceremony, at the Novo Turismo Hotel, in Dili, on Tuesday.

He said since the beginning of the outbreak of COVID-19 in Timor-Leste, the EU had supported US$ 7.2 million to assist Timor-Leste’s COVID-19 response.

At the same place the WHO Representative, Arvind Mathur said that the EU has been a staunch ally for strengthening the health system in Timor-Leste in a systematic, sustainable and flexible manner.

“This support has always been on the basis of the health needs of the country as the focus of EU support is at the country level and this combined with its flexible approach to ensure that EU support has the potential for most optimal impact,” said Mathur.

“Right through this pandemic, the EU has stood solidly with both the MoH and with the WHO Country Office to provide resources and funds to mount an effective response to COVID-19.

He said the support was critical to building Timor-Leste’s response structures in the districts and referral hospitals.

In addition, speaking at the signing of the agreement, the Minister of Health, Odete Maria Freitas Belo said with the support, the referral hospitals would be able to provide adequate tools and resources for the treatment of the patients to ensure that no one was left behind.

Belo thanked WHO for all the supports that had been given to Timor-Leste on the fight against COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country and expressing her appreciation for the EU support, adding EU always showed its commitment to assist the government during the COVID-19 time.

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Rafy Belo

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