Japan has provided more than $300,000 to aid the government in its construction of a road and three hospitals in four provinces.
The $329,736 grant was signed at the Japanese embassy yesterday by the Japanese ambassador, the director of the Preah Vihear provincial department of public works, and three hospital directors from Kratie, Kandal and Siem Reap provinces.
Ambassador Horinouchi Hidehisa said $87,587 will go toward the rehabilitation of a road in Preah Vihear’s Rovieng district that was damaged in July floods.
The remainder will go toward the construction of Kranhoung Senchey Health Centre in Kratie province, Ba Rong Health Centre in Kandal province, and the installation of an X-ray Machine and Cardiovascular Ultrasound System at the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap province.
“I strongly hope these projects will be implemented smoothly and the facilities and equipment to be provided in the projects will be properly maintained so that they can be used for many years and benefit as many local people as possible,” Mr Hidehisa said.
“I also hope these projects will help further strengthen the friendships between Japanese and Cambodian people.”
Sam Leangtry, director of the Kratie public works department, said he hopes the projects lift the livelihoods of villagers.
“When the projects are complete, they will facilitate better livelihoods for the people, such as spending less time go to schools, pagoda and hospitals,” he said. “Moreover, it can reduce the poverty of the people which is the main policy of the government.”
Nguon Chanpheaktra, director of the Angkor Hospital for Children, said the grant will allow the hospital to offer better services.
“This grant will allow us to upgrade essential equipment in our radiology department, including x-ray and ultrasound machines to improve the quality of imaging so that we are able to more effectively, accurately and efficiently diagnose our patients,” he said.