Islamabad, May 14, 2014 (PPI-OT): Mr. Hiroshi Inomata, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, handed over equipment to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) today. The set of equipment includes 2 units of endoscopes, 10 units of diagnostic ultrasound systems, 1 unit of computed radiography, 2 units of autoclaves and 1 unit of forklift. Total cost for the provision of equipment is around 106 million Japanese Yen, an equivalent of Rs. 103 million.
At the handing-over ceremony held at PIMS, Mr. Inomata cited growing healthcare needs in Pakistan and mentioned that the latest and more efficient equipment which was made in Japan was carefully chosen in order to improve capacity and quality of medical services provided by PIMS.
The Government of Japan has been a long-standing partner of the PIMS since 1982 through construction of its buildings, the provision of equipment and technical assistance. The Japanese Ambassador called it “a successful example of Japan’s assistance to Pakistan in the medical field.”
Today’s fresh provision of equipment under the Non-Project Grant Aid (NPGA) scheme was a part of continued commitment to partnership with PIMS. Mr. Inomata also announced today that another set of medical equipment procurement to PIMS is now being prepared under another batch of NPGA.
All these equipment were produced in the areas affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit east Japan on March 11, 2011. At the handing-over ceremony, Mr. Inomata said, “One of the most significant aspects of today’s assistance to PIMS is to show that the people in the disaster affected areas in east Japan are ready to help Pakistan, by overcoming damages, which represents the resilience of the Japanese economy.”
Mr. Inomata took an opportunity to thank the Government and people of Pakistan who generously and quickly had sent emergency supplies to Japan and offered genuine sympathy during its difficult time. After the disaster, the Government of Japan designed this NPGA scheme in order to show Japan’s appreciation to Pakistan by utilizing products manufactured by companies based in east Japan.
At the end of his remarks, Ambassador Inomata quoted as saying “A friend in need is a friend indeed” and mentioned, “Today’s contribution to PIMS by Japanese people symbolizes the strong partnership between our countries in times of difficulties. I strongly believe that this grant aid will cement our bond of friendship further.”
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Embassy of Japan
53-70, Ramna 5/4, Diplomatic Enclave 1
Pakistan (P.O. Box 1119, Islamabad, Pakistan)