Islamabad: The Japanese government recently decided to provide an additional USD 250,000 in aid to help Pakistan combat the COVID-19 outbreak, a news source reported.
As per the publication, the aid will be utilised by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to equip and prepare the local population against the novel coronavirus infection.
The IFRC is expected to strengthen the Pakistan government’s abilities regarding contact tracing, surveillance, and screening of the virus. Additionally, the IFRC will provide medical equipment and consumables, along with personal protective equipment (PPE) to control the spread of COVID-19 infection.
The IFRC will also support the government in reducing the local morbidity and mortality rates, and ensure access to essential social services for those communities which have been affected by the viral infection.
The Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Matsuda Kuninori applauded the immense efforts of the Pakistan government to combat the novel coronavirus. He also reiterated the Japanese government’s commitment to take proactive steps to work with the international community in order to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.