The Government of Japan is providing funds amounting to 1,823,000 baht for a project to improve medical referral systems in mountainous areas in Omkoi District, Chiang Mai province.
Kazuo Shibata, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Dr. Prajin Laothiang, Director of Omkoi Hospital, jointly signed a funding contract for the project at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai on August 17.
Omkoi district is a mountainous district and minorities such as the Karen, Mon and Lafu form the majority of its population, and their villages are scattered among mountains and valleys over wide areas. They live in a hard environment on poor hilly farmland, with no electricity, no telephone, no water supply, no toilet, intense heat in the summer and temperatures below five degrees in the winter.
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