The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday delivered 200 laptops to Egypt’s health ministry to support its efforts in health digitalization exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The laptops will support in the deployment of the national vaccination plan against COVID-19.
UNHCR said it recognizes that enhancement and expansion of the national COVID-19 vaccination programme requires information and communication technology to properly monitor national vaccine stockpiles and progress in vaccination rollout.
“MoHP is a strategic partner to UNHCR Egypt and since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry has generously offered refugees and asylum-seekers COVID-19 treatment on equal footing as Egyptians and has included them in the national vaccination plan which UNHCR and the refugee population are most grateful for,” Pablo Mateu, UNHCR Representative in Egypt said.
The donation is part of UNHCR’s support to the national COVID-19 response plan, complementing UNHCR’s earlier donation of personal protective equipment including surgical gloves, masks, gowns and respirators to help protect health workers working at MoHP health facilities.
During the last five years, UNHCR has supported MOHP with medical equipment valued at more than $4.5 million, including devices for early detection of breast tumors, dialysis equipment, medical beds, intensive care units, and respiratory devices while equipping several health facilities in various governorates to support both Egyptians and refugees.