ADB to help strengthen health system of Uzbekistan
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Aug. 3
By Ilkin Seyfaddini - Trend:
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $100-million loan to increase Uzbekistan's resilience to health emergencies, including the coronavirus pandemic, Trend reports citing the bank.
The project aims to improve testing, diagnosis and response systems for COVID-19 cases.
“The project is part of a comprehensive package of ADB support provided to the country. It also includes a $500 million loan to finance the government's anti-crisis measures and ongoing technical assistance,” the message said.
In addition, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is working to provide co-financing of $100 million for this project, and the Uzbek government will provide an additional $57 million.
“The project will help repair 38 laboratories across the country to ensure safe working conditions for medical workers and provide them with personal protective equipment. Health workers, more than 80 percent of whom are women, and staff at high-risk facilities will receive priority access to diagnostic services,” the message said.
There are also plans to establish a digital COVID-19 surveillance and response system in Uzbekistan, which will provide data disaggregated by age and gender.
"The project will start immediately and should be completed by July 2022. The executive bodies are the Ministry of Health and the Agency for Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare of Uzbekistan," the message said.
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