JAPAN BUILDS ONE MONASTIC EYE CLINIC IN YANGON REGION
July 17, 2014
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Scheme, has extended the assistance US$ 123,228 for humanitarian assistance program entitled “The Project for Construction of Eye Special Clinic in the Tipitaka Paleyaung Shein Monastery in Mingalardon Township, Yangon Region”
The handover and opening ceremony of the eye special clinic in Yangon Region was held at the Tipitaka Paleyaung Shein Monastery on 17th July 2014. Mr. Ichiro MARUYAMA, Minister- Counselor of the Embassy of Japan, Ms. Sumie ARIMA, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, U Mya Nyein, Deputy Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw, U Khin Shwe, House of Nationality for Amyothar Hluttaw,Badana Kudapala, Head Monk of Tipitaka Paleyaung Shein Monastery, committee chairman and committee members of construction project and local residents attended this ceremony.
The Tipitaka Paleyaung Shein Monastery, located in Mingalardon Township, Yangon Region, provides ophthalmic treatment with volunteer eye doctors regularly since 2011. However due to lack of facilities and staying space for the patients coming from other towns, many potential patients are not receiving appropriate treatment.
Under such circumstances, the Government of Japan provided funding for eye special clinic: two-storeyed RC building at the Tipitaka Paleyaung Shein Monastry in Mingalardon Township, Yangon Region. It is expected that this proejct will benefit around 600 patients per month who suffer from eye diseases or ophthalmologic disorder.
Japan has conducted 688 various grassroots projects in Myanmar under this GGP scheme since 1993. Among them, 311 education projects, 175 healthcare projects, 136 public welfare and environment projects, 31 infrastructure projects and 35 other projects are included. It is expected that these assistances will further strengthen existing friendly relations between Japan and Myanmar, which marks its 60 years anniversary of diplomatic relations this year.