South Korea has donated eight (8) units of ambulances and 100 units of oxygen generator to Government of Bangladesh to support Bangladesh’s efforts for overcoming the corona pandemic and enhancing the country’s capacity of health sector.
A handover ceremony of 8 units of ambulances was held on Tuesday (Nov 30) at DGHS, Mohakhali, Dhaka with the presence of Lee Jang-keun, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Bangladesh, Prof. Abdul Bashar Khurshid Alam, Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ms. Doh Young-Ah, Country Director, KOICA Bangladesh Office and other officials from DGHS.
At the ceremony, Ambassador Lee said “Korea’s continuous support, including the donation of 8 units of ambulances today, for combating COVID-19 in Bangladesh symbolizes the friendship between Korea and Bangladesh. We will stand by Bangladesh friends.”
Director General Alam, expressing sincere gratitude for Korea’s support, hoped these ambulances help save lives of Bangladesh people by providing them necessary service in time. He added Bangladesh government will work together with Korean government to bring the pandemic to an end.
This donation has been done through KOICA, Korea’s development agency, under the project of ‘Strengthening Quarantine Capacity against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases’ and delivered to the DGHS, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
The highly advanced ambulances are also equipped with first aid medical box, medical oxygen facilities, personal protective equipment and other emergency related accessories.
The Government of the Republic of Korea has provided various assistance to the Bangladesh Government for addressing the country’s pandemic situation, which includes the 150 million dollars of EDCF loan, 50 million dollars last year and 100 million dollars this year respectively, and the provision of rapid COVID-19 test kits and other medical equipment last year since the outbreak of the pandemic.