Pakistan receives Rs517m coronavirus aid as cases decline. Pakistan has received €2.5 Million (around Rs500 million) and Rs17 million in aid from the EU and American Business Council, respectively, for coronavirus relief.
The funds, provided by the coronavirus aid, will be used to support the country’s COVID-19 response with a special focus on the social and economic impact of the pandemic on the most vulnerable.
The European Union’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department will for a year assist WHO Pakistan to strengthen the country’s healthcare system. Around 1.42 million people will be supported in Sindh’s Sukkur and Larkana districts, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Peshawar, Swat, Abbottabad districts, and Balochistan’s Kech and Khuzdar districts.
The focus of the coronavirus aid is on improving risk communication, mobilization, disease surveillance and laboratory diagnostics and infection prevention, and case management on the community level.
“Despite the decline of COVID-19 infections and deaths in the country, the threat of a second wave still remains,” said Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan Androulla Kaminara. “It is critical to continue following SOPs and build capacity overall, especially in regions where it is most needed.”
On the other hand, a delegation of American Business Council met Prime Minister Imran Khan and presented a cheque worth Rs 17 million for the PM’s Corona Relief Fund, reported the APP.
Along with the coronavirus aid, earlier, the Council had donated Rs20 million to the fund.
Increasing hospital beds
The federal government has increased the capacity of hospitals across the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
“By mid-June, the federal government had decided to add at least 2,000 oxygen beds in various hospitals,” said Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Twitter.
Here’s a province-wide breakdown: 804 new oxygen beds in Punjab, 547 in Sindh, 400 in Balochistan, 626 in Islamabad, 100 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 84 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Because of this coronavirus aid, the more medical facilities will be added.