Handover Ceremony for the Project for the improvement of X-ray Equipment of Mtendere Mission Hospital in Chirundu District, Lusaka Province
The handover ceremony for the Project for “ the improvement of X-ray Equipment of Mtendere Mission Hospital in Chirundu District, Lusaka Province” was held on 18th February 2020, which was attended by H.E. Mr. MIZUUCHI Ryuta, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, Dr. Consity Mwale, Provincial Medical Officer on behalf of Dr. Kennedy Malama, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Health, Ms. Sabrina Pettenuzzo, Personal Assistance on behalf of H.E. Mr. Antonio Maggiore, Ambassador of Italian Republic to the Republic of Zambia, Archbishop Gianfranco Gallone, Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic of Zambia, Mr. YAMADA Yuichiro, Sales and Marketing Manager at FUJIFILM Middle East FZE, Mr. Stanford Kayame, Chirundu District Commissioner, Dr. Erminia Ferrario, Hospital Derector of the Mtendere Mission Hospital and other guests, totaling about 150 people.
Since its establishment as a small rural clinic in 1964, Mtendere Mission Hospital has been providing variety of medical services to the people in Chirundu and the surrounding area. However, the X-ray equipment possessed by the radiology department was an outdated-analogue type, thus the image it produces was low in quality and took time to develop, subsequently resulting in the long wait for the patients.
Against this background, Government of Japan responded positively and decided to extend the support to the Mtendere Mission Hospital the support to facilitate the procurement of the X-ray Equipment from FUJI FILM South Africa (Ltd), amounting up to 137,375 US Dollars. With the completion of the project, the Hospital is now able to produce clearer images quicker which will contribute to reducing the waiting time for the patients.
In the speech delivered during the handover ceremony, Ambassador MIZUUCHI stated “Japan is holding the top position in the medical industry, and the Japanese Government is supporting the leading Japanese companies in this business so that those in need all over the world have an access to the highest-quality Japanese technologies”.
During the tour of the radiology department, Ambassador MIZUUCHI observeddemonstrated how the X-ray equipment was operated by a radiologist who had been trained by the FUJI FILM South Africa (Ltd) as part of its contribution to the project.
To read the speech made by Mr. MIZUUCHI Ryuta, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia at this ceremony, please click here.