August 16, 2013
On 16 August 2013 (Friday), Commencement Ceremony on the Grant Aid Project for Upgrading the Health Facilities in Central Myanmar had been held in Aukseik Village of Seikpyu Township in Magway Region.
In October 2012, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Myanmar signed Grant Agreement with Department of Health, Ministry of Health for the said grant project to extend the grant amount up to Japanese Yen 1.256 billion.
This Project is intended to build 33 Rural Health Centers (RHCs) in nine (9) Townships, namely Natmauk, Salin, Say Toke Ta Yar, Pakokku, Ya Sa Gyo, Myaing, Pauk, Seik Phyu and Saw and provide necessary medical equipment to the existing RHCs, Sub Health Centers (SHCs), and Township Hospitals as well as Station Hospitals including Pakokku General Hospital in Magway Region. Among of nine (9) Townships, seven (7) townships (Salin, Say Toke Ta Yar, Pakokku, Myaing, Pauk, Seik Phyu and Saw) had flood damage in 2012.
Image of Rural Health Center (RHC)
In this ceremony, H.E. Dr. Pe Thet Khin, Union Minister for Health, H.E. Mr. Mikio NUMATA, Ambassador of the Embassy of Japan, H.E U Phone Maw Shwe, Magway Region Chief Minister, Mr. Kyosuke INADA, Senior Representative of JICA Myanmar Office and other concerned officials attended.
H.E. Dr. Pe Thet Khin, Union Minister for Health expressed thanks for Japanese government's contribution and called for local people's cooperation in the project. After that H.E U Phone Maw Shwe, Magway Region Chief Minister touched upon education and health care and turning out of midwives for reducing maternal and child mortality rates.
After that H.E. Mr. Mikio NUMATA, Ambassador of the Embassy of Japan explained the purpose of the said project and mentioned that this project is a part of huge aid of Japan. This project expected to improve health indicators in Magway Region and strengthening of ability to respond to infectious disease after the flood damage.