Ambassador Shibuta hands over the medical centre to the Minister of Health Tuitama Talalelei Tuitama
APIA: MONDAY 24 MARCH 2014: Japan’s Ambassador Shibuta has handed over the reconstructed Mua’autasi O Puleono i Salafai Medical Centre, which received a grant of up to NZ$ 155,857 equivalent to approximately 298,000 Samoan Tala under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Project.
“The successful completion of this project enhances the quality of medical services for residents of Vaipouli village and the surrounding community by delivering an improved quality of medical services from a safer and more disaster resilient location at a new inland site rather than the old exposed coastal one,” the Ambassador said during the opening ceremony.
The Medical Centre is located at the former location of the old Vaipouli College which was pulled down last year.
“This project will ensure a foundation for an improved national standard of health, and help contribute to the national goal of Improved Quality of Life for All,” he said.
Improving the national standard of health is the one of the priorities in the Strategy for the Development of Samoa (SDS) 2012-2016
Ambassador Shibuta wished all the best to the Mua’autasi O Puleono i Salafai Medical Centre by saying, “the successful completion of this project is another step towards improving national health standards and enhancing the medical welfare of all Samoans.”
He hoped this Medical Centre would be another icon of the continually strengthening friendship between Samoa and Japan.
Ambassador Shibuta expressed his most sincere appreciation for all the cooperation and tireless work of all parties concerned with and involved in the successful completion of this project and he reiterated that the Government of Japan continued to support Samoa in promoting its goal of the SDS.
Through this handing-over ceremony, Ambassador Shibuta conveyed Japan’s determination to continue providing assistance for Samoa’s development and to make further progress on the long standing friendly bilateral relationship between Japan and Samoa.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo thanked the Japanese government for their continuing assistance to improve various sectors of Samoa through Japans Grant Assistance for Grass roots and Human Security Project.