Inauguration Ceremony of an Out-Patient Department for the Poor Patients

The inauguration ceremony of “The Project for the Construction of Out-Patient Department for the Poor Patients in Agra, Uttar Pradesh”, under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP), will be held on 27th September 2016, at Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

The ceremony will be attended by Sr. Gracy, Administrator, Assissi Sister’s St. Joseph’s Dispensary, the recipient organization of this grant, and Mr. Indrajeet Arya, Mayor, Agra District, and relevant officials from Agra District, as well as Mr. Kenko Sone, Minister - Economic, from the Embassy of Japan in India.

The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Project scheme was established in 1989 to meet the diverse basic human needs in developing countries. The Government of Japan has supported India in projects such as, construction of check dams and school buildings, as well as provision of eye surgery equipment.

In this project, a funding assistance amounting to 99,457 US Dollars was extended for the construction of an Out-Patient Department building, in order to provide adequate medical services for the economically poor patients in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Assissi Sister's St. Joseph's Dispensary, the recipient organization of this project, was established in 1985 and has been running a hospital for patients from the economically weaker background, living in the city’s slum colonies and neighboring rural villages in Agra, since 1995. They provide medical treatment to about 120 patients daily. Although the need for their medical services and the number of patients visiting their hospital has been increasing year by year, the current facilities available in their hospital are not sufficient enough to cater to more patients.

The new Out-Patient Department, which has been constructed under this project, will enable the organization to deliver enhanced quality medical care to a larger number of economically challenged patients.

The Government of Japan hopes this project will contribute to improving the medical environment for the people in Agra. Through the GGP Scheme, the Government of Japan looks forward to further developing the relations of friendship and cooperation between Japan and India.