The World Health Organisation (WHO) will provide £2.67 million (approximately $3.29 million) fund to Pakistan to scale up the country’s efforts in its fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
“This funding package will be used in 27 districts across all provinces in the country. The WHO has been working closely with the government of Pakistan to prepare and respond to the growing threat of Covid-19,” WHO Representative in Pakistan Dr Palitha Mahipala said on Tuesday.
He thanked United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) for the generous support saying it would go a long way to strengthen the current response and save lives.
He added that it would also assist WHO in providing technical, operational and logistical support to Pakistan through existing response coordination mechanisms at federal and provincial levels.
The fund will also help strengthen the country’s capacity to identify and diagnose cases of Covid-19, manage them through effective prevention and control measures, increase community participation in curbing the spread of the disease and enhance people’s access to reliable information so that they could learn how to protect themselves and others.