Japanese aid to help mothers, newborns at Hanoi hospital

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The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed an agreement on Monday to provide US$4.1 million in non-refundable aid to the National Hospital for Obstetrics and Gynecology (NHOG).

The funds will be used equip the hospital with new examination and training equipment.

The aid aims to enable the facility to meet the increasing need for obstetric and gynecological healthcare and provide more extensive technical instructions to lower-level medical institutions.

“It’s important to assist Vietnam in improving healthcare services, especially for mothers and children” said JICA Vietnam Chief Representative Tsuno Motonori.

“The Japanese assistance is of special importance to our hospital,” said NHOG Director Nguyen Viet Tien. “The project will provide us with modern devices, especially those for use in our delivery, neonatal and examination departments.

All equipment (more than 80 units in total) is scheduled to be put into use by the end of February 2011, helping increase the number of deliveries, gynecological operations and mammography tests performed at the hospital.

Approximately 6.2 million people in the capital city and many other northern residents are expected to benefit from the equipment.

Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Mr.Mitsuo Sakaba and Vietnam’s Minister of Health Nguyen Quoc Trieu had previously agreed to the aid in principal on February 5.

Reported by Huu Tho

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