Japan should offer assistance to improve healthcare facilities in the state: Rajesh Tope

Minister Tope met the Consulate-General of Japan in Mumbai and discussed several matters. He said that Japan should offer cooperation in setting up healthcare-related facilities in the state, especially for cancer treatment.

Japan should offer assistance to improve healthcare facilities in the state: Rajesh Tope

Several infrastructure projects across the state are being funded by Japan's JICA, and with an aim to strengthen the relationship, State's Minister of Health Rajesh Tope, on Thursday, July 29, 2021, demanded that the state should cooperate with the association and authorities for the construction of several facilities in the state, especially for cancer treatment. 

A courtesy visit was paid by Dr. Fukahori Yasukta at the Sahyadri Guest House in Mumbai where he met Minister Tope and discussed several matters. A tweet was posted by Minister Tope which shared more information about the meeting.


State Health Secretary was also present on the occasion. Discussion regarding Japan having a cooperative relationship with the state and ways to strengthen the same were spoken about.

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Currently, tourism and many other infrastructure development projects are being funded by the Japanese government's JICA organization, and this includes projects like Mumbai Metro. Given the importance of the health sector and keeping the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in mind, Minister Tope said that the sector will benefit if it receives funding from JICA to improve health-related infrastructure in the state. He also said that financial assistance should be sought from JICA for setting up super-specialty hospitals at Worli and Mulund. Cooperation was sought in setting up a cancer treatment hospital at Jalna whereby providing state-of-the-art technology and funding from Japan for setting up a system for radiation therapy for cancer treatment would prove to be highly beneficial, he said.

During the visit, Minister Tope also learned about the coronavirus pandemic situation in Japan, the status of COVID-19 vaccination, lockdown, health facilities and other aspects. He said that the state will be happy to offer necessary assistance to Japanese nationals in case of vaccination.

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Meanwhile, the Ambassador of Japan to India, Satoshi Suzuki, on July 27, took to Twitter to share a note with a heartfelt message that read, "Deeply saddened by the news of the floods in Maharashtra and the surrounding areas, I extend my deep condolences and sympathy for the victims. Here is Prime Minister Suga’s message."

"On behalf of the government and people of Japan, I extend my heartfelt condolences for the victims and their bereaved families. I also pray for the swift recovery of those who suffered as well as the quickest reconstruction of the affected areas. Japan will always stand with India as she works to overcome these difficult times," the note read. 

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