Japan provides $10m to Bangladesh for medical equipment

Japan will provide $10 million as aid to Bangladesh for purchasing medical equipment to strengthen the health system of hospitals, in particular ICUs treating the COVID-19 patients.

Japan Ambassador to Bangladesh ITO Naoki and Finance Ministry’s Economic Relation Division (ERD) secretary Fatima Yasmin signed an ‘Exchange of Notes’ on Japanese grant “Economic and Social Development Programme” on behalf of their respective sides today, a press release of Japanese mission in Dhaka said.

In Bangladesh, in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, enhancing the capacity of medical institutions is an urgent issue, reports BSS citing the release.

Japan has so far provided approximately 12 million US dollars as the emergency support to tackle COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh through international organizations like UNICEF, IOM, UNHCR, UNDP, FAO, UNWomen and IFRC, and provided PPE to hospitals though Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The government of Japan will extend further support in Bangladesh, and continue to take a leading and active approach to overcome this global crisis, said the release.