The Japanese government has provided two ultrasound devices worth US$221,800 to the Mother and Child Hospital and the Friendship Hospital, both located in Vientiane.
The handover ceremony was held on May 16 in Vientiane Capital between Minister of Health Bounkong Sihavong and the Japanese Ambassador to Laos Takeshi Hikihara.
The provision of the medical equipmentaims to help upgrade the service of the two hospitals.
The assistance has been provided to Laos through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund, which was established in March 2006 to support the efforts of the ASEAN member countries, including Laos, to pursue their integration into ASEAN towards the realisation of an open, dynamic and resilient ASEAN Community as envisaged in the Declaration of ASEAN Concord II, by facilitating effective implementation of the Vientiane Action Programme.
Japan plays an important role in boosting the socio-economic development in Laos. As of 2017, dozens of major projects have been completed and are being implemented with financial and technical assistance from the government of Japan.
These include the Vientiane International Airport Terminal Expansion Projectworth JPY 9 billion, the Project for the Improvement of Vientiane No 1 Roadworth JPY 4.6 billion, the Project on Capacity Building for Supporting Private Sector Development and Japanese Investment in Laos, the Project to Enhance the Capacity of Vientiane Capital State Bus Enterprise Phase 2, the Project for Establishment of Disastrous Weather Monitoring Systemworth JPY 736 million, the Vientiane Capital Water Supply Expansion Projectworth JPY 10.2 billion, and the Project for the Improvement of District Hospitalsworth JPY 1.22 billion.
Source: Lao News Agency