By Muhammad Luqman
The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Fund for Charitable Action (KAAP) has donated COVID-19 emergency healthcare assistance to Pakistan’s north western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa.
KAAP, financed by Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) , has been in a close liasion with Pakistan’s Ministries of Economic Affairs and National Health Services and committed significant financial assistance to US $ 70 million for COVID-19 emergency response.
Speaking at a ceremony organized in Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, the IsDB Representative explained that KAAP, IsDB has allocated a grant for health emergency relief package for KP and Sindh Provinces. “We appreciate courage, compassion, and commitment of frontline doctors, nurses and paramedical staff and hope to provide them an enabling environment through provision of PPEs” he added.
The KAAP, IsDB in collaboration with Health & RR&S Departments have identified list of protective gears or PPEs for healthcare providers working in Hospitals/Health Facilities and Isolation Wards designated for treatment of COVID-19 Patients in KP.
The donation includes 17,500 disposable gowns, 1,200 N95 Masks, 1,200 goggles, 17,500 latex examination gloves, 17,500 face masks, 17,500 disposable caps, 10,000 hand sanitizers, 40 infrared thermometer, 7,000 antiseptic soaps, 1,200 face shields, 8,000 bio hazard bags and 30,000 shoe covers.
Along with that KAAP-IsDB collaboration with PDMA is going to launch an awareness campaign to create public awareness through print, electronic and social media in KP and Sindh for the prevention of this pandemic.
Speaking on the occasion, the Advisor to the Chief Minister on Local Government, Kamran Bangash thanked the KAAP, President IsDB for the generous support extended to the KP Government, which he said, would immensely help in enhancing the safety of our healthcare professionals in fighting against the pandemic COVID-19.
Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has approved US$ 2.3 billion for the IsDB Group Strategic Preparedness and Response Programme to help OIC member countries tackle COVID-19 pandemic.
By Muhammad Luqman