Consulate General of Japan organizes ODA Press Tour of Health institutes

Nazir Siyal
KARACHI:
The Consulate General of Japan in Karachi organized an ODA Press Tour in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in its assisted health projects here on Tuesday.
A group of journalists from media participated and appreciated the Pakistan and Japan friendship and assistance projects since. The purpose of the ODA Press Tour was to increase media’s awareness on Japanese Government Assistance Projects and its initiatives in Pakistan, while, it was also intended to inform Pakistani people about the contribution of Japan and Pakistan’s development in various areas.
This time, journalists visited 2 project sites related to child health care. The project sites were the Child Health Institute in Karachi that was inaugurated in last December with Japanese Grant Aid, and the Indus Hospital, in which a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit was set up by the Japanese Government under the Grant Assistance for the Grass-Roots Human Security Project (GGP).
During the visit at the Sindh Government’s Child Health Institute, JICA staffs briefed about the background, purpose and significance of “the Project for Improvement of Child Health” with provision of 1.423 billion Yen to Sindh Government’s Child Health Institute under Japan’s ODA project.
The Institute receives pediatric patients from all over Karachi, of which population is approximately 4.16 million and that of children under 12 (the beneficiary group of the project) is approximately 1.77 million.
Japanese assisted institute enables the patients to receive specialized high-quality pediatric medical services and treatment with most sophisticated medical equipment.

The unique aspect of the Child Health Institute is that this Institute is run by Poverty Eradication Initiative (PEI), Pakistani NGO through Public Private Partnership (PPP) under the supervision of Health Department of Government of Sindh. This will be a good model for both JICA and Government of Pakistan.
On the visit to the Indus Hospital, the Completion Ceremony was held for “The Project for provision of Medical Equipment for Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to a Hospital in Karachi”. The Government of Japan provided to the Indus Hospital with its assistance of US$ 86,460 for the medical equipment installed in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
On the occasion, Consul-General of Japan in Karachi, Mr. Toshikazu ISOMURA remarked about the significance of the project and the Japanese Assistance to Pakistan.
These medical equipment will greatly benefit the population that have difficulty in accessing quality health care and a huge number of patients will benefit from this project annually.