The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) donated 400 motorcycles to the Ministry of Health for use in vaccines deployment in Cambodia’s vaccination campaign.
“These 400 motorbikes will be utilised to strengthen the Covid-19 vaccines deployment system and vaccination campaign by the national immunisation programme,” JICA said in a press statement.
The handover ceremony was held on September 15 at the central medical storage facility and was presided over by health minister Mam Bun Heng and chief representative of JICA’s Cambodia office Haruko Kamei.
The 400 motorbikes were provided to the ministry through the “project to strengthen the capacity of Covid-19 response in Cambodia”.
In addition to these 400 motorbikes, other medical supplies will be granted to the ministry through the project to further enhance the diagnostic capacity, monitoring and evaluation system of Covid-19 response.
JICA said it will continue to cooperate with the ministry to provide supplies and technical support during the crisis.
“We hope that our support will be helpful to the healthcare workers who have been working hard to fight the Covid-19 pandemic” the press release said.
The ministry said the 400 motorbikes will be distributed to frontline healthcare workers throughout the country for use in preventing the spread of Covid-19.
Kamei praised the government and the ministry for their “tireless” efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as well as protect the health of all Cambodians. She thanked the Cambodian government for providing Covid-19 jabs to all Japanese people living on Cambodian soil.
Bun Heng was quoted as saying that JICA’s “great generosity” was appreciated by the Cambodian government and health officials as well as the victims of Covid-19. He further thanked JICA for its “great humanitarian assistance” over the years and its diligent efforts to provide assistance to Cambodia.
The project to strengthen capacity of Covid-19 response in Cambodia was launched in July between the ministry and JICA to strengthen the Covid-19 vaccine deployment system and capacity and to diagnose the monitoring and evaluation system in response to the crisis.
The project focused on monitoring the vaccine deployment system, diagnosing cases of Covid-19 in regional laboratories, and monitoring and maintaining Covid-19 laboratories as well as evaluating immunisation programmes through the introduction of serological tests.