Japan to provide additional Rs2.16m grant

By Ajmal Khan Yousafzai

ISLAMABAD: The government of Japan has decided to provide grant of USD 1,620,000 through The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and USD 540,000 through International Organization for Migration (IOM) to Pakistan to equip Pakistani people to fight against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection.
This support will boost Pakistan’s capacity to quickly track the coronavirus affected persons and treat them accordingly. This assistance will reduce and delay the transmission of COVID-19, to minimize serious disease due to COVID-19 and reduce associated deaths, to ensure ongoing health services during epidemic peak periods and to minimize socio-economic impact.
With the support of UNICEF and IOM necessary equipment/material will be provided to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and technical assistance by considering the situation on the ground on the request of the Government of Pakistan.
The Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, H.E. Mr. MATSUDA Kuninori, commended the tremendous efforts by the Government of Pakistan and its people against the COVID-19 as the issue is becoming even more serious worldwide.