The Japanese government has decided to provide another $1million to Pakistan through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to equip people and Afghan refugees to fight Covid-19.

Prior to this, the Japanese government had provided $2.41m to Pakistan to support its efforts to combat the infection, including $1.62m through the United Nations Children`s Fund (Unicef), $540,000 through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and $250,000 through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Through the fresh grant assistance, the UNHCR will provide necessary technical assistance and equipment and material to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by considering the situation on the ground at the request of the government. The support will boost Pakistanís capacity to quickly track the coronavirus-affected persons and treat them accordingly.

Japanese Ambassador Matsuda Kuninori, while appreciating the tremendous efforts of the Pakistan government, said that the spread of Covid19 had become a serious issue worldwide and it was now crucial for the international community to take necessary measures to address this disease.