Japan Hands Over Medical Equipment for Vietnam's Hospitals
|Vietnamese and Japanese officials at the medical equipment hand-over ceremony. Photo: VNA|
Four central hospitals in Vietnam including the Central Lung Hospital, the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusions, the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, and Da Nang C Hospital, on April 18 received the first batch of medical equipment donated by the Government of Japan, VNA reported.
The donated medical equipment is part of Japan’s grant worth over JPY 1.9 billion (USD 14.15 million) to support Vietnam's responses to communicable diseases.
At the ceremony, First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam Sasaki Shohei said that this is a project of the Japanese Government providing non-refundable aid to the Government of Vietnam to support strengthening response with infectious diseases. "The Japanese government hopes that the equipment provided this time will be used well at four hospitals, contributing to improving the quality of medical examination and treatment at Vietnamese hospitals," Sasaki emphasise.
Dr. Cao Hung Thai, deputy director of the Medical Examination and Treatment Management Department, Ministry of Health, thanked the Japanese Government for the support for the Vietnamese health sector in the past time, especially this project.
Vietnam's health sector has won many important achievements. Together with other countries in the world, Vietnam has controlled Covid-19. The quality of medical examination and treatment of the health system is increasingly improved, meeting the satisfaction as well as the medical examination and treatment needs of the people. That achievement was partly thanks to the support and help of international organisations, including the support of the Government and people of Japan, said Dr. Thai.
|First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam Sasaki Shohei and representatives of units visited the medical equipment sponsored by the Japanese Government this time. Source: National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusions|
On behalf of the hospitals receiving aid, Dr. Dinh Van Luong, director of the Central Lung Hospital thanked the Japanese Government, saying the extremely valuable and timely support of the Government and people of Japan, meeting the needs and desires that Vietnamese hospitals are aiming for, greatly contributes to strengthening the facility's capacity, equipment, improve the quality of medical examination and treatment for the people.
Dr. Luong affirmed that hospitals will manage and use the equipment effectively in accordance with current regulations, ensuring the right purposes, right objects, bringing practical value for the patient.
To provide technical support and upgrade medical equipment for Vietnamese hospitals to be able to meet the requirements of Covid-19 prevention and control, in 2021, the Japanese Government and Vietnam’s Health Ministry signed a medical support agreement, under which Japan conducts a tender for the procurement of medical equipment for the four hospitals in three batches with 19 types of medical equipment.
So far, Japan has completed the procurement, handed over, and installed six types of medical equipment at the hospitals.
In a related news, Tokyo is committed to investing 50 million USD in the building of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED), said Japanese Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Kiya Masahiko in an interview with Indonesia’s national news agency Antara.
The diplomat emphasised that the focus is on addressing risks that may arise in all areas, including public health. Although the Covid-19 situation has improved, the pandemic can still occur and countries need to be well prepared, he added.
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