Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects 2014/2015 Handing Over Ceremony of The Project for the Expansion of Ramula Community Dispensary
||Handing Over Ceremony of The Project for the Expansion of Ramula Community Dispensary
||7th January, 2016
||Ombeyi, Ramula, Muhoroni Sub County, Kisumu County
||The Project for the Expansion of Ramula Community Dispensary
||US$ 92,367 (8.5 Million Kshs)
- H.E. Mr. Tatsushi Terada - The Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Kenya
- H.E. Mr. Jack N. Ranguma - Governor of Kisumu County
- Hon. Dr. Elizabeth Ominda Ogaja - County Minister of Health Services
- Hon. Dr. Ojwang’ Lusi – County Chief Officer of Health
- Mr. Joshua Atieno - Member of County Assembly
- Dr. Elizabeth Oele – Officer of Ministry of Health, Muhoroni Sub-County
- Officials from Local Government
- The management and staff of Arise & Shine Care Center CBO and Ramula Dispensary
- The community members of Ramula
Total of about 500 participants
| The Handing Over Ceremony of The Project for the Expansion of Ramula Community Dispensary” was held on 7th January, 2016 at Ramula Community Dispensary in Muhoroni, Kisumu County and witnessed by among others, officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya. The Grant Contract for this project was signed on 26th January, 2015.
A grant amount of USD 92,367 (approx. Kshs 8.5 Million) which was extended to the project was used for construction of a maternity ward, fencing the premises, installation of electricity and provision of medical equipment so that the benefiting community could have access to proper maternity and medical care.
Before the ceremony, the Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Mr. Tatsushi Terada paid a courtesy call on the Governor of Kisumu County, H.E. Mr. Jack N. Ranguma who also attended the Handing Over Ceremony.
The ceremony included dance performed by the community members. There were speeches from local officials who expressed their gratitude towards the generous assistance from Japan.
In his speech at the function, Governor Ranguma thanked the Government and people of Japan for the generous support to his county. He expressed his county’s wish to have further partnership with Japan in various areas of cooperation for the development of the county. He also promised to assist the Ramula Community Dispensary with installation of borehole water system and access road to the dispensary so that community members could easily have access to medical treatment even during rainy seasons.
In his remarks, Ambassador Terada also introduced a JICA Volunteer Mr. Hagiwara Kosuke who had been since 2014 working as an automobile maintenance instructor at Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology in Kisumu County.
Ambassador Terada mentioned the strong ties of friendship between Japan and Kenya stating that Kenya was the largest recipient of Japan’s ODA in the Sub-Saharan Africa. He pointed out as an example, the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) which received a Yen Loan of approximately Ksh 2.9 billion (roughly USD 33 million) to ensure that health services was extended to everybody. He also mentioned projects in the agriculture and fishery sectors.
The ambassador informed the gathering that the next Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), the first TICAD ever held in Africa and out of Japan, would be in Kenya later in the year. Not only would this TICAD have historical significance, it would also further strengthen ties between Japan and Africa.