Supplies funded from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to combat the coronavirus pandemic arrived in Islamabad, sources reported on Friday.
The supplies include medical devices, masks and other supplies of PPEs provided by ADB through the National Fund for Disaster Risk Management (NDRMF) of Pakistan. The supplies will be distributed by the NDMA.
The ADB announced on Thursday that it would repurpose $50 million from Pakistan’s National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF) to finance Pakistan’s prevention and response efforts to counter the country’s novel coronavirus outbreak.
The funds will help procure medical equipment and supplies to improve the country’s hospit
The Bank further indicated that the funds involve a $30 million reallocation of previously approved but unused capital from ADB to NDRMF testing laboratories, isolation units and other medical facilities, ADB said in a statement.
Following a request from the Government of Pakistan for emergency assistance, ADB quickly approved a change of scope in its NDRMF programme, allowing for the repurposing and immediate use of these services in the war against COVID-19.