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WHO Philippines donates COVID-19 data processing and encoding equipment to the Department of Health Epidemiology Bureau 10 October 2020 News release The World Health Organization supports the Philippine government’s COVID-19 response by strengthening the Department of Health’s (DOH) surveillance systems. Surveillance is a critical component and is used to detect cases of COVID-19, understand trends and identify hotspots of transmission.

On 6 October, Dr Rabindra Abeyasinghe, WHO Representative in the Philippines, handed over IT equipment to DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire at the DOH in Manila. The DOH Epidemiology Bureau will use the equipment, amounting to an estimated USD 22,478.00 to help reduce time for data processing and encoding so that the surveillance process to detect COVID-10 becomes more efficient.

"We must be able to speedily detect cases of COVID-19 and track progress to make headway," said Dr Abeyasinghe. "As we support the COVID-19 response of the Philippines, WHO commits to strengthening health information systems and supports the timely sharing of data, which together with quick action to contain transmission is critical in saving lives."

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