Hand-over Ceremony of medical equipment from the Government of Japan for PNG’s health sector development


On 13 January 2021, H.E. Kuniyuki Nakahara, Ambassador of Japan, handed over medical equipment to PNG and Hon. Jelta Wong, Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, at the General Hospital in Port Moresby. The medical equipment is worth 900 million yen or approximately 29 million kina, and is provided through the “Project for Economic and Social Development Program for health sector development (medical equipment) of PNG”. The medical equipment which Japanese government handed over is 21 defibrillators, 19 electrocardiograms and 21 portable ultrasound image diagram systems, and is intended for the General Hospital in Port Moresby and other provincial hospitals. Under this project, 19 blood gas analyzers were already delivered to each of the hospitals last year. CT scanners, bedside X-ray machines and other equipment will soon be delivered earlier this year. Japan will contribute to support PNG’s Covid-19 response and enhance PNG’s health sector through providing these medical equipment.