Japanese ambulances for Swakop

23 March 2021 | Health

The ambassador of Japan to Namibia Harada Hideaki will sign a grant contract with Louisa Kativa, the mayor of Swakopmund on Wednesday (24 March).

The Japanese embassy said by way of a media release that the contract in the framework of grant assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) would be signed to sponsor the reconditioning and shipment of two recycled ambulances from Japan worth about N$250 000.

The Rotary Clubs of Swakopmund and Kawasaki North (in the vicinity of Yokoyama City) initiated the initiative to give a second life to ambulances which are still in good condition but have passed their service life in Japan.

Furthermore, the Society for Promotion of Japanese Diplomacy will facilitate liaising with Japanese municipalities which will donate the vehicles.

In the case of Swakopmund, Kawasaki City will be donating one ambulance, while the second ambulance will be donated by the cities of Daito and Shijonawate.

According to the embassy, this will be the first time that recycled vehicles will be transported to Namibia within the framework of GGP.

The municipality of Swakopmund will become the second in Namibia to possess its own ambulances after Windhoek once the ambulances are handed over.

This will also see the ability to respond to medical emergencies greatly improved.

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