JAPAN HELPS IMPROVE TRAINING AT FIJI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (February 15, 1999 - PACNEWS)---Japan's Ambassador to Fiji, Jiro Kobayashi, says his country's assistance to the Fiji School of Medicine (FSM) will help the school better function as a training center for South Pacific medical professionals and, as a result, improve the delivery of quality health services in Pacific Island region countries.

Kobayashi made the comments while addressing participants in a ceremony marking the completion of a US$ 69,000 refurbishment program at the FSM's School of Oral Health.

The Japanese government funded the project under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects program

New equipment purchased will enable students to improve their skills by simulating dental procedures on models..

The project also includes distributing dental care kits to rural populations and providing outreach dental care to those in need.

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