The Government of Japan delivered medical equipment worth USD 5.6 million to strengthen health sector of the Maldives


            Malé, January 19, 2021 – Her Excellency Ms. Keiko Yanai, Ambassador of Japan to the Maldives handed over medical equipment to His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Naseem, Minister of Health, at a ceremony held at the Health Emergency Operation Center today. The equipment includes 65 bedside monitors, 19 portable ultrasound machines, 19 defibrillators, 10 portable X-Ray machines, 132 syringe pumps and 132 syringe pump accessories.
              The Exchange of Notes for the grant of six hundred million Japanese Yen (approximately USD 5.6 million) was signed by the Government of Japan and the Government of Maldives in June 2020. 
             The grant is intended to support the on-going efforts of the Government of Maldives to improve the health services at atolls and regional hospitals across the country and also to strengthen their capacity to respond to the current pandemic of COVID-19.
              COVID-19 is a global crisis that pressingly calls for our collective and cooperative efforts to contain and mitigate the spread of the virus, strengthen the healthcare systems and minimize the impact of the socio-economic challenges of the vulnerable.
              The Government of Japan hopes that the grant assistance will further strengthen the healthcare system and contribute to the development of the health sector in the Maldives.