Japanese aid program equips Georgian medics

The Japanese aid was handed over in a formal ceremony involving officials of the two countries. Photo: Georgia's Health Ministry press office.
Agenda.ge, 28 Apr 2017 - 15:26, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia has received advanced medical equipment from Japan under a project aiming to equip hospitals and medical centres in the country with a range of technology to serve their patients.

Earlier today, a formal ceremony of handing over the equipment was held at Tbilisi’s National Training Centre.

The package of the grant aid handed over to Georgia includes technology intended for digital tomography and radiography. It involves advanced mobile surgical equipment, defibrillating tools and more.

The aid handed to the Georgian side has been used to equip three medical venues in the country. Photo: Georgia's Health Ministry press office.

The aid was used for equipping Tbilisi’s Universal Medical Centre and Emergency Medical Assistance Service venues as well as the Batumi Clinical Republican Hospital in Georgia’s west.

Beside the hospital and medical service centres, the transferred equipment was used for equipping emergency vehicles for regional service, with over 130 defibrillators handed to their crews.

Today’s handover occasion was attended at the training centre by officials including the Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia David Sergeenko and Ambassador of Japan to Georgia Toshio Kaitani.

Georgian regional ambulance vehicles have been equipped with defibrillation equipment provided by Japan. Photo: Georgia's Health Ministry press office.

The event signified a milestone for the 500 million Japanese Yen (about 10.9 million GEL/$4.4 million) grant agreement signed by the two governments in 2014.

It is the latest in series of projects involving aid and technical cooperation offered to Georgia by Japan within the country’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) program.

The overall extent of the ODA program assistance to Georgia has exceeded $410 million and covers infrastructural, environmental and social sectors.