(VOV) -Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam, Hiroshi Fukada, signed an agreement on January 15 to donate nearly US$820,000 million in non-refundable aid to seven projects in Vietnam.
The Japanese-funded projects include the provision of medical equipment to Thanh Hoa province’s eye hospital; the upgrading of Tan Dan B primary school in Hung Yen province; the upgrading of a healthcare centre in Binh Bo commune of Phu Tho province; the construction of Thai Phuc high school in Thai Binh province; the construction of Tam Tien primary school in Bac Giang province, and the upgrading of Tan Lap and Doan Bai primary schools, also in Bac Giang province.
Thanh Hoa eye hospital will also receive assistance from Japanese doctor Tadashi Hattori, who will provide free surgery for more than 10,000 patients with eye-related diseases in Vietnam.
Ambassador Hiroshi Fukada emphasised that Vietnam’s rapid economic growth requires comparably strong development of education and healthcare services, especially in poor localities.
The Japanese-funded projects are expected to help Vietnamese people gain better access to such services in the next decade, he added.