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Japan pumps money into health projects

Update: May, 16/2013 - 10:25

HA NOI (VNS)— Japan has contributed to Viet Nam's health care and infrastructure over the past 40 years with significant aid, loans and technical co-operation, says Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien.

She told a forum on Japan co-operation yesterday that non refundable aid had been received for medical facilities and techniques at Bach Mai, Central Hue and Cho Ray hospitals to support the satellite hospital model.

It had also improved examinations and preventative medicine. Tien highlighted Japan's support for immunisation programmes and prevention of pandemics like SARS and avian influenza H5N1 and H1N1.

Japan also provided loans for district and regional hospitals and human resource development to reduce overloading at central hospitals.

Chief representative of the Japan International Co-operation Agency in Viet Nam Tsuno Motonori said: "Japan has focused on comprehensive support for the three key hospitals in the health care system to expand impacts to the whole health care system

Motonori said the health sector should continue to invest in provincial and satellite hospitals and human resources.

Japan has supported Viet Nam in 54 projects in the health fields in strengthening institutions; prevention of infectious diseases; maternal and child health care; support for the disabled. — VNS

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