Handover Ceremony for the Project for Providing Medical Equipment for Strengthening Countermeasure for Measles and Other Infectious Diseases (November 30, 2021)

 The funded ambulances
  Strengthening Japan-Samoa Relations
The Government of Japan once again assists the health sector through a provision of medical equipment for strengthening countermeasures for infectious diseases under its Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP).
A handover ceremony as part of the Japanese grant was held on30 November, 2021 at the Ambulance Service Centre, TTM hospital in Moto’otua. The ceremony, attended on behalf of the Embassy of Japan, was Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. TSUKADA Kazuo, Hon. Minister of Health, Valasi Luapitofanua To’ogamaga Tafito Selesele, Director General and senior staff of the Ministry of Health, and representatives of the Embassy of Japan witnessed the handing over of 4 incubators, 2 electrolyte analyzers, 10 blood/fluid warmers, 7 defibrillators, AEDs, lifepak 1000 with accessories, 60 otoscopes, 7 fully equipped emergency bags, 12 oxygen cylinder with accessories, 7 suction pumps and 7 patient transport vehicles.
In 2020, the Government of Japan extended a grant totaling of USD 643,061 (approx.WST 1,822, 374) for the health sector.
Japan acknowledges the importance of proper equipment in the health sector whereas evidently the sector faced inadequate medical supplies and equipment to combat measles epidemic in 2019 and following COVID-19 pandemic. 
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Samoa in 1973, Health closely related to people’s welfare is on top agenda of Japan-Samoa relations. Especially, Pacific Island Countries and Japan at the occasion of the Ninth Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (PALM9) which emphasizes the importance of cooperation for COVID-19 response and recovery under the Pacific Bond (KIZUNA) policy.
Japan’s assistance through its GGP aims to provide the people of Samoa with necessary and adequate medical equipment that will significantly contribute to preparedness and response to the medical emergency as well as improving the quality of medical services. It also hopes to contribute for reducing a burden of health workers who have been dedicating themselves to protecting the society from COVID-19 for over an extended period of time.