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JICA extends Rs 564 cr ODA loan to establish Medical College Hospital at Kohima

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Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Vikas Sheel and Saito Mitsunori, Chief Representative, JICA India, signed the Rs 564 cr ODA loan agreement.

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 20: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has extended an official development assistance (ODA) loan of approximately Rs 564 crores (10,008 million Japanese Yen) to support the establishment of the Medical College Hospital at Nagaland Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Kohima, underscoring Japan’s commitment to promoting healthcare infrastructure and medical education in India.
The project aims to address the pressing healthcare challenges faced by Nagaland, a State with a population of approximately 1.98 million. Nagaland currently ranks low in terms of healthcare access and quality, with limited medical infrastructure and a shortage of trained medical personnel.
Under the leadership of the Government of India and in collaboration with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland, the project endeavours to achieve the establishment of tertiary health services, enhancement of medical education, and access to healthcare for all.
In line with the same, the project will develop a 400-bedded Medical College Hospital (MCH) in Kohima providing tertiary-level medical services to the residents of the State. Through clinical-based education, including the training of physicians and specialists, it will help strengthen the medical human resource development system, thereby contributing to the promotion of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the region. Further, by establishing the MCH in the
State capital, the project seeks to improve access to quality healthcare services, particularly for underserved populations in Nagaland.
The project aligns with the Government of India’s priority to reduce regional disparities and promote socio-economic development in the Northeast region by improving healthcare infrastructure and medical education in the region. It also aligns with Japan’s assistance policy for India, which emphasizes enhancing connectivity and supporting sustainable and inclusive growth.
The ODA loan agreement was signed between Vikas Sheel, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Saito Mitsunori, Chief Representative, JICA India.
Speaking on the occasion, Saito Mitsunori said, “This project holds immense significance in addressing the healthcare needs of Nagaland. It is a dedicated step to further JICA’s commitment to supporting India’s healthcare sector and promoting universal access to quality healthcare services across the country.”
The project, with a cooperation period from February 2024 to October 2035, will be executed in close collaboration with the Nagaland Institute of Medical Sciences and Research and other relevant stakeholders. It aligns with the development agendas of both the Governments of India and Japan, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goal 3 of ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all.
(Page News Service)

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