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Computer tablets from Australia are being donated to the PH Covid-19 information system.

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines received 4,400 computer tablets with wireless keyboards from the Australian government on Monday, as part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Covid-19 information and management system.

The gadgets will be provided to local government units in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas that are still facing issues in data sharing, supply chain management, and inventory monitoring, according to Dr. Graham Perry Harrison, WHO’s officer-in-charge in the Philippines.

During the ceremonial transfer of gifts at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, Harrison said, “Modernizing the vaccine information system allows the government to make maximum use of resources and deliver quality immunization services.”

The donations will help boost the national government’s pandemic response efforts and data management system, according to Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the National Task Force Against Covid-19’s principal implementer.

“As our country’s Covid-19 response efforts shift to healing and recovery from the effects of the health crisis,” Galvez wrote in his message, “it is critical that we are equipped with the latest technologies and tools that will allow us to closely monitor the implementation of our national vaccination program.”

“So that they can maintain tracking, managing, and reporting the up-to-date Covid-19 information,” he said, the donated digital equipment will be delivered to data managers and encoders around the country.

The government is now employing the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s vaccination information management system.

“As the Duterte administration approaches the conclusion of its term, it hopes to leave behind a health system that is more responsive to the needs of its people, as well as more sustainable and robust to face current and future health concerns,” Galvez said.

Ambassador Steven Robinson of Australia reaffirmed his government’s commitment to continuing to support the Philippines’ immunization campaign.

At the event, Robinson stated, “Australia is absolutely committed to working with the Philippine government, UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund), the World Health Organization, and other partners to address what we must regard as the last mile challenges in support of the successful country-wide Covid-19 immunization program.”

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