Japan to provide ophthalmic equipment

Kathmandu, December 11

The Ambassador of Japan to Nepal Masashi Ogawa signed a grant contract today providing ophthalmic equipment to the Rural Health Education and Service Centre in Gokarneshwor Municipality.  The grant contract was signed between the Embassy of Japan and Chairman of RHESC Bal Prasad Shahi.

Ophthalmic equipment is being installed at RHESC in Gokarneshwor Municipality under the Grassroots Human Security Project launched by the Government of Japan. The Japanese embassy said the total grant assistance was approximately Rs 8.6 million.

The project will help install cutting-edge equipment such as operating microscope, slit lamps, retinoscopes and phaco emulsification system, among others, which will be used for diagnosis and surgery.

RHESC was established in 1986 with the support of a Japanese nurse Masako Yamane and a Japanese NGO Japan-Nepal Human Development Association. Since then it has been providing medical services to people at low cost.

Advanced ophthalmic equipment will provide a wide range of services and people will not have to reach Kathmandu for complex diagnosis processes and surgeries related to eyes.

The Embassy of Japan stated that the project would help enhance and upgrade ophthalmic services at the centre and such projects would further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.