Korea donates PPE, medical supplies to BKFH

Diplomatic Correspondent

18 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Korean Embassy in Dhaka on Thursday donated 5,000 protective face masks, 200 sanitisers, desk shields and other medical equipment to Korea-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital (BKFH) in Savar for its doctors and health workers.

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Lee Jang-keun handed over the items to the BKFH authorities during his visit to the hospital on Thursday, said a press release of the embassy.

He was accompanied by Doh Young-Ah, Director of KOICA Dhaka Office.

During the visit, Ambassador Lee appreciated and spoke highly of the role and sacrifice of the frontline doctors and health workers in the fight against the COVID-19.

Other major assistance provided by the Republic of Korea in the health sector is the construction of BSMMU General/Specialised Hospital at a cost of $130 million through EDCF and the establishment of the National Institute of Advanced Nursing Education and Research in 2019 through KOICA.

In order to help Bangladesh’s response to Covid-19, the Republic of Korea has decided recently to provide $50 million of EDCF as budgetary support, in addition to its provision of test kits, PPEs and walk-through sample collection booth worth $1.2 million.