(KPL) The Japanese government has provided grant assistance worth over USD 414,000 for three health center projects and four water supply system projects through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The grant contracts were signed at the Japanese Embassy in Vientiane Capital on Mar 27 between Mr. Kazuhiro Kuno, Minister of Japan to the Lao PDR, and representatives of the Ministry of Health, and the authorities of respective districts and provinces where the projects will be implemented.
The three projects for the construction of health centers will be implemented in Beng district, Oudomxay province, Saravan district, Saravan province and Phonthong district, Champasak province. The current facilities are in poor condition and require frequent repair work. Therefore, these projects aim to improve access to health services by constructing new health centers, each with five to seven rooms, as well as provide medical equipment. As a result, over 13,000 residents in 20 villages will greatly benefit.
The four water supply system construction projects will be implemented in Xay district, Oudomxay province, Xayaboury district, Xayaboury province, Xam Neua district, Huaphan province, Kham district, Xieng Khuang province.
In some villages, even though a water supply system exists, safe water is not available to all residents because the current system does not have a required capacity.
In other villages, water supply systems were destroyed, in recent years, due to flash floods and landslides and their residents currently use water from neighbouring streams for daily use and drinking.
These projects aim to improve access to safe water by installing new water supply systems, which include suction tanks, decompression tanks, water storage tanks, water pipelines, and water distribution points.
In his remarks, Minister Kuno emphasised, It is critically important that the benefits of these projects should be enjoyed by the respective local communities, as this is the most important attribute of the GGP. He continued, Japan has so far supported approximately 150 health-related projects and will continue to support the efforts of the Lao government in various sectors.
Source: Lao News Agency