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New Childrens’ Hospital Demanded in Petition

Date Posted: 2000-09-15

Okinawa has no specialized children’s hospital although all major hospitals in the prefecture have pediatrician departments. A citizens’ group promoting the idea of building such a specialized hospital have collected 181,000 signatures for a petition that they handed over to prefectural officials Saturday.

Receiving the petition, Kiyotake Hirayama, the chairman of Okinawa Women’s and Children’s Wellfare Association aknowledged that the citizens made a compelling case. “We will take action on this matter as soon as posible. It is clear to me that there is a need for a special children’s hospital in the prefecture,” Hirayama said.

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