DILI, 16 march 2023 (TATOLI)- World Health Organization (WHO) is working to ensure Timor-Leste can use the electronic medical system for the detection of infectious diseases in Timor-Leste.
Country Director of WHO, Arvind Mathur said WHO is committed to helping the Minister of Health to provide the capacity to contain and control any outbreak of infectious diseases in Timor-Leste.
“ We are keeping that early detection can be through number one, even in the point of entrances, especially for six recognized points of the airport, land border, and seaport. We are also looking to make an electronic medical system for diseases. Detection as well as due to the minister of Health response,’’ Country Director of WHO, Arvind Mathur told Tatoli Agency, in Auditóriu Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão conference room, Minister of Finance, Aitarak Laran, this Thursday.
He added that the other area that WHO also looking for is the laboratory where the detection can be made in the border areas or other areas. However, the laboratory is to diagnose.
It is also very important for the number of human resources for public health and will be working to develop the training program in the country and also in the institute of public health.
Mr. Mathur emphasized this support from other development partners, especially from KOICA. It is required for the coordination to establish epidemiology training and resource center.
In the last two and three years, WHO recognized that it is a lot of investments made by the government of Timor-Leste, with the development partners.
WHO is very privileged to support the minister of health in strengthening its capacity and It was recalled that in 2020 there was no capacity for diagnosed with covid-19 in the country.
“It was taking a long time to get the result of the diagnostic due to the sample should taking to Australia. Where are today, the national laboratory can detect covid-19 virus, and even can do all genome sequences. The investment has been made in the same way, as we have supported the government for the establishment of isolation or quarantines centers,’’ He said
It is known that Timor Leste has established Intensive care unit (ICU) in each regional hospital in addition to the national hospital. It was best the room in the world for improvement.
The health facilities are not only for current diseases but also for new diseases that will come in the future. Thus, the system is needed for further more improve.
“It is required to more improvement for available health facilities to be more improvement to strengthen the capacity of responses and detection of any kind of infectious diseases,’’ He concluded
So far, in 2021 the European Union and WHO, under the partnership, spread over 20 months period have committed nearly, USD2.4 million USD or 2 million EURO. Both are joining forces to mitigate the health impacts of communicable diseases- particularly of covid-19 and to contribute to building strong, effective, and resilient health systems in Timor-Leste.
It is known that KOICA just provided additional grants worth 6 million USD to strengthen and controlling for infectious diseases and capacity building for Timorese human resources.
Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá
Editor: Nelia B.