Ja­pan helps con­struct­ing ICU build­ing, med­i­cal equip­ments to AMDA Hospi­tal in Da­mak

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Ja­panese am­bas­sador Masashi Ogawa at­tended the open­ing cer­e­mony of the ICU build­ing at AMDA Hospi­tal in Da­mak, Jhapa. The Project for the con­struc­tion of the ICU build­ing and in­stal­la­tion of med­i­cal equip­ment at AMDA Hospi­tal, Da­mak is funded un­der the Grant As­sis­tance for Grass­roots Hu­man Se­cu­rity Pro­jects (GGP) of the Govern­ment of Ja­pan. The to­tal grant for the project is ap­prox­i­mately 9.3 mil­lion ru­pees. The hospi­tal has been pro­vid­ing poly­clinic med­i­cal ser­vice to Bhutanese refugees and lo­cal peo­ple in the Eastern Re­gion of Nepal. How­ever, due to lack of ICU fa­cil­i­ties, pa­tients in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion were obliged to go to larger cities. The newly con­structed ICU build­ing will save the lives of those in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and pro­vide a higher stan­dard med­i­cal ser­vice to nearly 2 mil­lion peo­ple re­sid­ing in the five dis­tricts of the eastern part of the coun­try. The equip­ment such as a ven­ti­la­tor, ABG ma­chine, and X-ray ma­chine, in­stalled by this project will sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the qual­ity of the med­i­cal ser­vice that AMDA Hospi­tal pro­vides yearly to ap­prox­i­mately 30,000 am­bu­la­tory pa­tients and 800 ad­mit­ted pa­tients. The Em­bassy hopes that this project will con­trib­ute to­wards en­hanc­ing the med­i­cal ser­vice of the re­gion and also wishes that it will strengthen bi­lat­eral friend­ship be­tween Ja­pan and Nepal. Mean­while, at another pro­gramme in Da­mak, the Ja­panese am­bas­sador handed over a fire en­gine and its ac­ces­sories, in­clud­ing 15 hoses, to Rom Nath Oli, Mayor of Da­mak Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. The Project for the Pro­vi­sion of a Fire En­gine for Da­mak Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is funded un­der the Grant As­sis­tance for Grass­roots Hu­man Se­cu­rity Pro­jects (GGP) of the Ja­panese Govern­ment. The used fire en­gine was gifted by My­ozai Fire Depart­ment in Ja­pan, through the co­op­er­a­tion of the Tokushima-Nepal Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion. Cur­rently, Da­mak Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Of­fice owns one fire en­gine which is used for fire­fight­ing in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity as well as the sur­round­ing ar­eas. Last year it was called out more than 80 times. Due to the in­creased pop­u­la­tion, re­sult­ing from ur­ban­iza­tion, and also de­mand from the sur­round­ing area, it is be­com­ing more dif­fi­cult to re­spond to all in­ci­dents. The fire en­gine will be man­aged and used by the Da­mak Fire Sec­tion. The depart­ment was es­tab­lished in 1994 and has eight fire fighters and drivers, who work 24 hour shifts. This fire en­gine will be uti­lized in the dis­trict and it will con­trib­ute to keep­ing peo­ple safe. The Em­bassy of Ja­pan hopes that this project will con­trib­ute to­wards sav­ing the lives of peo­ple in need. Also, with the suc­cess of the project, we hope to en­hance the bi­lat­eral friend­ship be­tween Ja­pan and Nepal.

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