SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's overseas aid agency said Wednesday that it will build or renovate 20 health centers in a Paraguayan city.

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) said it will spend US$4.28 million (about 4.74 billion won) over the next two years to newly construct or renovate 20 health centers in Limpio with a population of 80,000.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the first South Korean-funded health center in the city on Tuesday with the attendance of Paraguay's health minister and other officials, KOICA said.

The minister was quoted as saying at the ceremony that KOICA's health center projects will greatly contribute to improving the Paraguayan people's quality of life and mark a milestone in bilateral relations with South Korea.

KOICA plans to build 13 new health centers and renovate three existing health centers in Limpio.

Four other health centers in Limpio will also be renovated to add facilities, such as dental clinics, emergency rooms, delivery rooms and clinical pathology rooms.

At present, Paraguayan health centers play a limited role of offering simple treatment and health information to patients.

Following the projects in Limpio, KOICA plans to expand its healthcare program to other parts of Paraguay, its officials said.

Source: Yonhap News Agency