Japanese Ambassador handed-over ambulances to
Chongwe and Mumbwa District Health Offices
His Excellency Mr. Akio Egawa, the Ambassador of Japan, handed over ambulances to Chongwe District Health Office (Lusaka Province, 40km east from Lusaka city, population is about 200,000） and Mumbwa District Health Office (Central Province, 140km west from Lusaka city, population is 224,000), the importation of which was facilitated by Grant Aid for Grassroots and Human Security Projects. This ceremony was held at the Ministry of Health on 21st July, 2011.
These Offices did not have adequate number of ambulances to cater for their populations. In some cases, lack of proper transport, compounded by non-availability of reliable public transport systems in both districts, resulted in delayed referrals of patients to health centres and thus fatalities.
It was in response to such dire need for appropriate and reliable referral transport for the Offices that two municipalities in Japan decided to donate an ambulance to each district. The delivery of the vehicles was facilitated by the Government of Japan under the Grants which were signed on 29th March, 2011. (Chongwe: 18,660 United States dollars and Mumbwa :18,373 United States dollars)
These vehicles can serve many people for a long time to come. In this way, the donation would contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life for the people of Zambia through improved health delivery resulting in higher productivity and enhancement in the general social and economic development of the country. It is hoped that the donation will further strengthen the cordial friendship existing between Japan and Zambia.
To read the Ambassador's speech, please click here.
The Republic of Zambia