The Islamic Development Bank will provide $70 million for Pakistan to help the country fight the coronavirus pandemic, said Tuesday, Pakistan’s representative Inamullah Khan said.
Khan said this while in Hyderabad addressing an event via video link. IsDB has approved member countries’ $2.3 billion ‘Strategic Preparedness & Response Kit’ to reduce and recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.
The IsDB has also provided Sindh’s health department with protective gear worth Rs20 million under its King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Program for Charity Works.
The donation included 9,000 disposable gowns, 1,000 N95 masks, 1,000 goggles, 9,000 latex exam gloves, 9,000 face masks, 9,000 disposable caps, 5,000 hand sanitizers, 24 infrarot thermometers, 5,000 antiseptic soaps, 1,000 face covers, 5,000 biohazard bags and 16,000 shoe coverings.
“We appreciate courage, compassion, and commitment of frontline doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff and hope to provide them an enabling environment through the provision of PPEs,” Khan said.
He said Pakistan was IsDB’s second-largest beneficiary with an overall portfolio of more than $13 billion in the oil, transportation, health , education, and trade growth sectors through imports of petroleum products and LNG.
Additional Director Dr. Yar Muhammad Khoso of the Sindh Health Department appreciated the timely medical assistance for healthcare providers on the frontline. He assured the hospitals, health care facilities and isolation wards designated for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in Sindh will be provided immediately.
“The Sindh government is making every effort to combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic,” he outlined different steps that are being taken by the Department of Health to treat patients with coronavirus.