Japan provided a donation of medical equipment to the Central Obstetrics Hospital in Hanoi at a ceremony on August 15.

The donation, worth nearly 5 million USD, was through the project to expand equipment for the Central Obstetrics Hospital, as non-refundable aid from the Japanese Government.

Under the project, which has been carried out for 18 months, over 100 different items of modern medical equipment were given to the infant and obstetrics wards, surgery, first aid and examination rooms of the hospital.

Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thi Xuyen thanked the Japanese government and people for their precious assistance to the Vietnamese medical sector and affirmed that the project will help the country’s obstetric sector to develop.

She took this occasion to ask the Japanese government to continue with assistance for the Health Ministry’s second phase of the project to develop provincial and regional hospitals, with 10 hospitals surveyed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Also present at the event, JICA chief representative in Vietnam Tsuno Motonori said that the equipment is expected to help raise capacity for the hospital to meet the increasing demand for health checks and treatment as well as help the hospital to continue its role as the leading obstetrics establishment of the country./.