(KPL) The Japanese Government provided grant assistance worth US$154,414 for a patient beds donation project through its Grant-in-Aid Scheme for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGPs).
The grant contract was signed in Vientiane on Feb1, between Ambassador of Japan to the Lao PDR Takeshi Hikihara and Director of Department of Health Care of Ministry of Health Dr. Chanphomma Vongsamphanh, while Dr. Bounkong Syhavong, Minister of Health, and other officials witnessed.
This project is made by collaborative effort of Japanese government and Saitama Laos Friendship Association.
Saitama Laos Friendship Association has been doing a wide range of social contribution activities in Lao PDR in order to develop education and medical situation for Lao children since 1998, when the association was established.
Moreover it has been very active to make cultural exchange and international goodwill between Japan and Lao PDR to understand each other, and has promoted the friendship of two countries.
In this opportunity Saitama Laos Friendship Association obtained 526 hospital beds and 527 mattresses, which were donated from nursery home for elderly or other facilities in Japan.
These beds and mattresses will be granted to hospitals and health centers in Vientiane Capital and 16 provinces.
In many hospitals and health centers, many of existing beds are aging or malfunctioning, and the burden of patients is large.
This project, therefore, aims to improve medical environment for inpatients and medical staff.
These beds and mattresses are donated by Saitama-Laos Friendship Association, Japan.
In his remarks, Ambassador Hikihara emphasized, “It is critically important that the benefits of the projects should be enjoyed by people in the respective local communities as this is the most significant characteristic of GGPs.”