Second tranche of medical assistance presented to B’desh by India

Second tranche of medical assistance presented to B’desh by India

Agency News

Dhaka, Apr 27: Taking forward India’s commitment to its friendly neighbour Bangladesh, the Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das handed over the second tranche of emergency medical supplies to the government of Bangladesh.

This consignment consisting of 1,00,000Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) medicine tablets and 50,000 sterile surgical latex gloves were handed over to the Bangladeshi government on April 26. This assistance has been extended through the SAARC Covid-19 Emergency Fund. The Minister for Health and Family Welfare ZahidMaleque appreciated the continued support from India in terms of essential medical supplies, protective gear and capacity building.

Maleque added “Helping hand from our neighbour at this time of distress is most welcome”. The High Commissioner reiterated India’s continued support to the Bangladeshi government in its fight against Covid-19. As part of India’s neighbourhood first policy and with a view to take a collaborative regional approach to containing the spread of Covid-19, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the initiative to hold a video conference with leaders of other SAARC Countries on March 15. The SAARC Covid-19 Emergency Fund was announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was set up with an initial contribution of 10 Million USD from India.

The first tranche of emergency medical assistance under this fund containing 30,000 surgical masks and 15,000 head-covers were handed over to AK Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister, Government of Bangladesh, on March 25.(UNI)