Handover Ceremony of medical equipment for Grant Aid for Economic and Social Development Programme
The handover ceremony of medical equipment provided by the Grant Assistance for Economic and Social Development Programme by the Government of Japan amounting up to 1.88 million USD was held on 21st July at Kabwe Central Hospital which was attended by Mr. OMINATO Satoshi, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan, Prof. Lackson Kasonka, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Health and Dr. Victor Kusweje, Senior Medical Superintendent, Kabwe Central Hospital and other guests, totaling about 100 people.
The medical equipment (portable ultra sound, portable digital X-ray and thermography etc.) were installed to 5 General Hospitals in Central, Copperbelt, Eastern, Western and Southern Provinces, with the latest equipment delivered to Kitwe Teaching Hospital and also Kabwe Central Hospital to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Zambia since 2020.
Mr. OMINATO said the donation signified another pillar of support by the Government of Japan to the health sector in Zambia. This equipment is expected to improve the Zambian Government’s response to the pandemic and mitigate the burden on the medical staff across recipient hospitals. Moreover, it will strengthen the healthcare system in Zambia for the long-term. He hopes that the equipment would ease the burden on the health system in the fight against other diseases, apart from COVID-19.
To read the speech made by Mr. OMINATO at this ceremony, please click here.