Pakistan provides equipment to help Bangladesh fight against COVID

Imran Ahmed handing over financial assistance to President Ahsania Mission Kazi

DHAKA: Pakistan has provided ‘lifesaving’ medical equipment to help Bangladesh in its fight against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement issued by High Commission for Pakistan in Dhaka.

According to details, the equipment, which will be used in a separate COVID-19 ward of the hospital, includes 10 ventilators, 20 C-PAP breathing aid machines, 10 beds, an elevator for the hospital building, and a vehicle for use by the ward’s staff.

“The lifesaving equipment has been provided to Ahsania Mission Cancer and General Hospital, which is situated in Dhaka,” the statement added. High Commissioner Imran Ahmed Siddiqui handed over financial assistance to President Ahsania Mission Kazi Rafiqul Alam for locally sourced items this afternoon.

Speaking on the occasion, High Commissioner Siddiqui underscored Pakistan’s vision of regional partnerships for peace and sustainable development while reiterating its commitment to addressing the impact of the pandemic jointly with the regional countries.

In this connection, the high commissioner recalled a telephone conversation between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina last year on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The high commissioner also mentioned that Pakistan had contributed $3 million to the SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund to support regional efforts in the common fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our cooperation with Ahsania Mission Cancer and General Hospital is a robust expression of solidarity and support to Bangladeshi sisters and brothers in their fight against COVID,” he added.

President Ahsania Mission, Alam, thanked the High Commission for Pakistan for its timely contribution and briefed the high commissioner on various projects of the hospital.