The Japanese government yesterday agreed to provide funds to provincial health departments and the Angkor Hospital for Children in order to help children with illnesses.
Grant contracts for the aid totalling $265,348 were signed by Japanese Ambassador Horinouchi Hidehisa and representatives of the hospital and provincial health departments of Mondulkiri and Oddar Meanchey.
The hospital, located in Siem Reap province, will receive $86,945 for the installation of medical equipment at its Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The money will go to two ventilators, one cardiac monitor and one blood gas analyser.
The Oddar Meanchey provincial health department will receive $89,278 for the construction of 10 new rooms in its Trapaing Prasat Health Centre.
The Mondulkiri provincial health department will receive $89,125 for its new wards at the Memang Health Centre. The new wards are aimed at providing maternal healthcare to about 6,300 locals.
Mr Horinouchi said he hopes the three projects will improve Cambodia’s health sector.
“The Japanese government has approved these three projects to help the children of Cambodia and improve the buildings of the health departments of Oddar Meanchey and Mondulkiri,” he said.
Ngoun Chanpheaktra, director of Angkor Hospital for Children, said 900 children will benefit from the grant.
“It expected that the hospital’s capacity will be sustained and improved by installing those medical equipment,” Dr Chanpheaktra said.
Khlok Huot, director of the Oddar Meanchey provincial health department, said the Trapaing Prasat Health Centre is in need of repairs.
“The money is expected to benefit nearly 19,900 people in the region,” Dr Khlok said.
Japan is one of the biggest partners in the health sector in the Kingdom.
Since 1991, the Japanese government has provided over $60 million for local authorities and NGOs to implement health projects throughout Cambodia.