In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Alhaji Abdullahi Abdulaziz Mashi, said the donation of the ambulances would contribute immensely to the Federal Government’s efforts to strengthen the National Emergency Response Programme.
Speaking at the occasion, the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Yutaka Kikuta, said the ambulances were meant to be distributed to Tertiary Health Institutions in Nigeria.
Kikuta said: “Japan is a country which keeps her words.
“We are gathered here today to mark the delivery of the remaining 12 ambulances in fulfilment of the promise made a year ago.
“This project is particularly unique because ambulance mostly serve those in very critical conditions when the availability of an ambulance and rapid response could mean the difference between life and death.”
The Japanese Ambassador explained that health is one of the main focuses of the Government of Japan in its Official Development Assistance to Nigeria.
Kikuta said the Government of Japan through its community-based Grant Assistance is providing primary healthcare facilities and potable water in the rural communities.