(KPL) Jan 23 witnessed a groundbreaking ceremony held at the Setthathirath Hospital, Vientiane, for the Japan-funded Improvement of the Setthathirath Hospital and the Champassak Provincial Hospital Project, which is worth more than US$ 17.3 million.
The project includes the construction of necessary facilities and provision of medical equipment for the two hospitals.
“A key objective of Japan’s cooperation with Laos is to improve the systems to deliver medical services and the undergraduate and postgraduate training environment quantitatively and qualitatively,” said the Minister of Health, Dr Bounkong Sihavong. This goal is to be supported by the development of facilities and provision of equipment for the Setthathirath Hospital in Vientiane Capital and the Champassak Provincial Hospital in Champassak.
The grant project is expected to contribute to the improvement of quality healthcare services and to strengthen health systems to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), according to the Japanese Ambassador to Laos Takeshi Hikihara.
“Sethathirath Hospital , constructed and equipped via Japanese grant aid since 2001, has witnessed an evolution in needs and growing demand for higher quality medical services over a period of more than a decade and half,” said the Director of the Setthathirath Hospital, Dr Phayvanh Keopaseuth.
“These changes include an increase in demand for medical sub-specialties, increase in the number of patients, changes in types of surgery and variations in the prevalence of diseases and ailments in a rapidly evolving society, “said Dr Phayvanh Keopaseuth,
The role of the hospital has expanded to not only providing high quality medical services but also to provide training for pre- and post-graduate medical students. In order to address challenges, assistance from Japan will be provided at the Setthathirath Hospital and the Champassak Provincial Hospital.
A period of some 15 months is allocated with the completion of the project expected in 2020.
” Japan is delivering technical cooperation capacity via JICA to strengthen health administration functions and improve knowledge and technical skills of medical professionals, comprehensively supporting the achievement of UHC in Laos,” said JICA Laos Office Chief Representative, Mr Yoshiharu Yoneyama.
Source: Lao News Agency