IOM, Japan Support Quang Tri Border Frontline Workers
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Vietnam and the Consulate General of Japan in Da Nang recently have handed over hygiene supplies and equipment and other essential supplies to Quang Tri frontline workers working at points of entry (POE) to ensure continued safe international travel for Vietnam.
|The donation includes essential hygiene supplies such as soap and hand-sanitizer, and medical equipment such as temperature screening thermographic, contactless thermometers and disinfection sprayers. Source: IOM Vietnam|
The donation, funded by the Government of Japan and IOM for Quang Tri Province, includes essential hygiene supplies such as soap and hand-sanitizer, and medical equipment such as temperature screening thermographic, contactless thermometers and disinfection sprayers.
Japanese Consul General Yakabe Yoshinori, welcomed the recent deliveries, highlighting Japan’s ongoing support for Vietam’s safe resumption of international travel.
“The Japan government supports the IOM’s ongoing efforts to assist frontline workers working at entry points by equipping frontline workers with necessary skills for Covid-19 prevention and control and providing personal protective equipment and other essential supplies,” said Yakabe.
“The equipment supported by the government of Japan is a practical contribution to strengthen Vietnam’s border capacity post-Covid-19,” said Mihyung Park, Chief of Mission at IOM Vietnam.
“The pandemic brought into focus the vital role that migration play in our societies, and the need for more effective mechanisms that both protects and empowers migrants as important members of our communities. As Vietnam has successfully reopened the borders, our challenge is to continue supporting safe movements of people, especially those who travel overseas to work, ensuring that they are provided with accurate information, empowered to make informed decisions, and protect themselves from the risks when working overseas,” Park added.
|Source: IOM Vietnam|
Director of Quang Tri Provincial Department of Health Do Van Hung thanked Japan and IOM for the support. "This is a valuable resource to support the health sector in Quang Tri province in the prevention of Covid-19 in particular and disease prevention at the border in general."
He voiced his hope that Quang Tri will continue to receive more new projects. The Provincial Department of Health is committed to always being a bridge to bring more practical and effective programs, said Hung.
As part of the USD 1.6 million support of the Government of Japan, IOM has supported the Vietnam Government’s safe resumption of international travel by enhancing public health capacity at Points of Entry (POE) of six land-border crossings throughout Vietnam and five international airports (Noi Bai, Danang, Cam Ranh, Tan Son Nhat, and Phu Quoc airports).
It is estimated that 400 frontline officials, 50 Government officials, and 3,000 citizens have benefitted directly from this project.
In July 2022, IOM also introduced health handbooks for Vietnamese migrant workers living in Japan and the Republic of Korea, which provide basic information, advice, and guidance for the health needs of migrant workers, according to VNA.
A technical group initiated the migrant health handbook for migrant health in Vietnam established by the Ministry of Health. It was developed with advice from specialists from the Republic of Korea and Japan with support from the IOM in Vietnam.
The Q & A handbook offers fundamental knowledge on Vietnam’s health system; social security and health insurance; as well as advice and guidance on occupational safety; prevention of infectious diseases; reproductive health; mental health; building a healthy lifestyle; support and protection of oversea migrants; and others.
About 600,000 Vietnamese migrants are living and working in more than 40 countries and territories worldwide. Remittance to Vietnam was estimated at around USD 3 – 4 billion annually.
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