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India stands by Bangladesh, gifts PPE

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 26 March, 2020 12:00 AM
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India stands by Bangladesh, gifts  PPE

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The Indian government has stood by Bangladesh by providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for physicians and hospital staff for tackling the spread of coronavirus.

As part of concerted effort, India gave 30,000 surgical masks and 15,000 head covers on Wednesday.

Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das handed over the items to Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen.

The assistance is intended to support the efforts of government of Bangladesh in tackling the spread of COVID-19, said a press release issued by Indian High Commission.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed to build regional resistance against corona which has crippled the globe.

Following his call, leaders of SAARC countries held a video conference on March 15 to discuss next course of action.

In a follow-up to earlier announcement of Prime Minister Modi, an emergency fund has been created with an initial contribution of $10 million by India.

Subsequently, various SAARC countries including Bangladesh have also contributed to the fund.

Besides, a video conference is going to take place for medical professionals and stakeholders in India and Bangladesh enabling them to share professional knowledge and experience in dealing corona patients.

“As a friend and neighbor, India is ready to stand by Bangladesh in times of challenge. Working together, India, Bangladesh and other SAARC countries can overcome the extraordinary situation created by the spread of COVID-19,” said the news release.