(KPL) The government of Japan has provided grant assistance worth over US$ 320,000 for an oral health service programme in Vientiane Capital, Vientiane, Borikhamxay, Khammuan and Savannakhet.
The signing ceremony for the project’s grant contract was held at Japanese Embassy in Vientiane on Feb 13, 2019, between Japanese Ambassador to Laos Takeshi Hikihara and Prof Takashi Miyata, President of the Organisation of International Support for Dental Education (OISDE), a Japanese non-profit organisation.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Dr Phouthone Muongpak, Vice Minister of Health as well as representatives from relevant officials.
“The grant extended at this time will fund activities in the first year of the three -year project,” said Ambassador Takeshi Hikihara. “The project, entitled “Establishment of educational base in dental health promotion and to build the preventive systems,” aims to establish oral and dental and dental health services and help decrease the number of cases of infectious diseases, as well as dental and oral diseases in the Lao PDR,” said Ambassador Takeshi Hikihara.
Vice Minister Phoutone Muongpak expressed thanks to the Japanese government for this grant assistant to the Lao PDR, especially in health sector. “OISDE will establish a base with integrated dental and oral health education in Vientiane Capital, and educate nurses from across the country,” said Mr Takashi Miyata.
It is hoped that the project will be successful in transferring the skills and knowledge of the dental oral health prevention programme to nurses in the four target provinces.
“The Lao PDR is the only country in South East Asia that does not have a system of dental nurses. Thus, it lacks human resources to promote dental and oral health activities in the Lao PDR,” said Mr Takashi Miyata. OISDE has been implemented the technical cooperation project on oral and dental health in Vientiane, Khammuan and Savannakhet from 2012 to 2018.
Source: Lao News Agency