Reception and Implementation of the Japanese Grant of over USD 4 million to 14 Governmental Hospitals
Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Ghassan Hasbani met this morning at his office in Bir Hassan with the Japanese Ambassador H.E. Matahiro Yamaguchi to celebrate the completion of the project of USD 4.289.000 Japanese grant aimed at improving 14 government hospitals in Lebanon; in Beirut: Rafic Hariri University Hospital, In Mount-Lebanon: Siblin, Shahar Gharbi, Daher El Bachek and Bouwar, North Lebanon: El Qoubbeh, Halba, and Sir Danniyeh, Beqaa: Zahleh, Baalbeck, Hermel and Rachaya and in South Lebanon: Marjaoun and Hasbaya.
The meeting was followed by a press conference held by Hasbani and the Japanese Ambassador in the presence of directors of the government hospitals that received the Japanese grant.
The advisor to the Minister of Public Health Dr. Bahij Arbid noted that the grant aims at “enhancing the quality of services provided in the government hospitals” as he thanked Minister Hasbani who formed a committee for soft loans and grants, the Japanese Embassy and the action team at the Ministry.
The Japanese ambassador stated that Lebanon is one of the best countries in the region as to health care services. However, the Lebanese health care sector is trying to cope with the increasing medical needs of the Lebanese citizens and refugees. For this reason, Japan decided to support the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health with an emergency grant amounting to USD 5 million in order to provide 14 government hospitals with Japanese advanced equipment.
Hasbani thanked Japan for “its interest in the Lebanese hospitalization sector”.
"Many more hospitals benefit and will benefit from other grants provided by the Kuwaiti fund for example, which will focus on improving and equipping the emergency departments, in addition to a part of the world bank grant that will be allocated to the government hospitals as part of the financial project we secured this year,” Hasbani noted.