ISLAMABAD: The government has said it has signed a 2 million $ aid agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to bolster efforts to combat the corona virus epidemic.
According to the Dawn newspaper, funding from the Asia-Pacific Disaster Response Fund will help provide life-saving medical care, diagnostic and laboratory facilities and other vital equipment to those affected by the epidemic corona virus.
The agreement was signed by Economic Affairs Division Secretary Noor Ahmed and ADB Country Director for Pakistan Zhao Yang.
Meanwhile, Aida Garma, country director of the Asian Development Bank and representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund in Pakistan, signed an administrative agreement under which UNICEF will be able to purchase equipment using the grant money.
The ADB Country Director said the ADB is working with the government and development partners to help Pakistan sustain the benefits it has gained from fighting epidemics.
Zhao Yang said the aid would help strengthen Pakistan’s response to the COD-19 challenge, ensuring the provision of vital health and medical facilities to Pakistan, given the recent rise in infection rates. And disease prevention and control measures need to be continued.
The grant complements the 500,000 initial assistance provided by ADP to Pakistan through UNICEF to assist Pakistan in the emergency delivery of goods and the purchase of personal protective equipment, on behalf of the government. These facilities have been extended to doctors, nurses and other medical personnel on a priority basis.
UNICEF Representative in Pakistan Ada Garma said UNICEF has been at the forefront of efforts to reduce the spread of corona virus in the country since the outbreak.
In particular, he said, “UNICEF has supported government efforts to provide risk information by ensuring timely and accurate information to families and communities and fostered a positive attitude to reduce the risk of code-19 transmission.” Reduce and provide life-saving medical supplies and personal protective equipment.
“We have also sought to ensure the continuity of essential services, including immunizations and health, education, child protection and essential services, including water, sanitation and hygiene,” he said. Appreciate the Bank’s continued and generous financial support to UNICEF corona virus.
In April, the Asian Development Bank allocated 3 30 million from the National Disaster Risk Management Fund to support Pakistan’s epidemic response, with the National Disaster and Risk Management Fund allocating س 2 million in interest from the investment endowment fund under the project. Millions of dollars were allocated.
In May, the bank approved a 300 million emergency relief loan to bolster Pakistan’s public health response to the epidemic and help it resume economic activity the Norwegian government said in a statement on the Cod 19 crisis. He also contributed 5.28 million $ through the Asian Development Bank to strengthen the emergency response system in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
In June, the bank approved a 500 million $ budget loan to provide social protection programs to the poor and vulnerable, to build capacity in the health sector, to promote growth and to create jobs.
Published in Dharti News, November 4th, 2020