By EDDIE OSIFELO
THE Japanese Government is conducting internal discussion with relevant government ministries to upgrade the Kiluâufi hospital in Malaita province.
First Secretary to Japanese Embassy, Asano Yoko confirmed this when she appeared before the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament.
She said a study team is expected to travel to Kiluâufi to collect all information before the start of construction.
Member of Parliament for Aoke Langalanga, Mathew Wale has welcomed the announcement and thanked the Japanese government for the support.
Kilu’ ufi hospital is the third largest hospital in Solomon Islands and located 4km North from Auki, the capital of Malaita Province.
In 2011, the Japanese government has handed a new state of the art hospital in Gizo, Western province.
The hospital consists of sixty beds, two operating theatres and serves 100,000 people in Western Province, Choiseul and part of Isabel.
The development happened after the tsunami in 2007 devastated the old hospital.
The PAC hearing continues today.