On 10 October 2019, His Excellency, Mr. Satoshi Nakajima, Ambassador of Japan to Papua New Guinea was the guest of honour in Wabag, Enga Province, for the official handing over ceremony of six ambulances and equipment to the Enga Provincial Health Authority, which was funded by the Government of Japan through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Scheme.
Present at the ceremony were Hon Sir Peter Ipatas, Governor for Enga Province, as well as staff of Enga Provincial Health Authority, media representatives and other distinguished guests.
Ambassador Nakajima in his speech said “All these ambulances are fully equipped with a stretcher, oxygen cylinders, oxygen masks and other medical instruments necessary for emergency care, and had been fully re-conditioned in Japan and shipped to PNG by a Japanese NGO “The Society for Promotion of Japanese Diplomacy” (SPJD).”
“We are grateful to the Enga Provincial Health Authority and all the stakeholders for their support of the project to transport the ambulances to Enga Province after they arrived at Port Moresby. Thanks to this joint effort between Enga Province and Japan, we can celebrate the successful completion of the project today.”
The ambulances will be stationed at 6 health centres in Enga Province, helping health workers reach remote communities, boosting health services in the province.
Ambassador Nakajima further stated that through this grant assistance, Japan is pleased to support the PNG Government’s efforts to improve health services in PNG.
As of October 2019, 299 grassroots projects funded by GGP have been implemented through NGOs, local governments and other government institutions including hospitals and schools. The total grant provided so far amounts to approximately US$18.8 million (K50.5 million).