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Japan funds improvements to Krouch Chmar Hospital

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Japanese Ambassador Mikami Masahiro and a representative from Krouch Chhmar district in Tbong Khmum sign the grant agreement letter on March 7. EMBASSY OF JAPAN

Japan funds improvements to Krouch Chmar Hospital

Residents in Tbong Khmum province’s Kroch Chhmar district will gain many benefits from the advanced treatments that will be available at its referral hospital, said Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Masahiro Mikami. Thanks to Japanese assistance, patients will no longer have to travel long distances for treatment, he said.

Mikami made the remarks at the signing ceremony for grant assistance to Grassroots Human Security Projects, which will develop the hospital in Krouch Chmar.

In a press statement on March 7, the embassy said the Japanese government had agreed to provide the hospital with a grant of $263,760. The project was proposed by Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Chea Sophara.

It said this grant will be used to install 17 kinds of medical equipment at the hospital. The equipment will improve the ability of the hospital to provide specialised treatment to patients.

“The project was proposed by minister Sophara, and equipment will be installed in two new buildings. This will upgrade the hospital’s Complementary Package of Activities (CPA) – the Ministry of Health’s rating of hospital facilities – from CPA1 to CPA2,” said Mikami.

He added that in addition to this project, Sophara has been working closely with the Japanese government in the construction sector.

Previous collaborative achievements included supporting the establishment of new construction laws, the development of the CORS (Permanent Satellite Station) in Cambodia, the establishment of building safety standards, and the inauguration of the construction materials inspection centre, the embassy said.

Through these collaborations, Mikami hopes that the safety standards of the construction sector in Cambodia will improve.

The embassy said Japan’s “KUSANONE” Projects started in Cambodia in 1991 in order to support Cambodia’s reconstruction and development at the grassroots level. The assistance aims to protect those who are vulnerable due to various factors such as poverty and/or misfortunes that directly threaten their lives, livelihood and dignity, as well as to promote self-reliance of local communities.

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