Publish: 25 Mar 2020, 04:08 pm
India provided 30,000 surgical masks and 15,000 head-covers as assistance to the government of Bangladesh on Wednesday to fight coronavirus.
Indian High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das handed over the assistance to Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen.
The assistance is intended to support the efforts of the government of Bangladesh in tackling the spread of Covid19.
As part of India's "Neighborhood First" policy and with a view to taking a collaborative regional approach to containing the spread of Covid19, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with leaders of other SAARC countries held a video conference on March 15.
In pursuance of the announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to establish a Covid19 Emergency Fund, the fund was setup with an initial contribution of US$10 million by India.
Subsequently, various SAARC nations including government of Bangladesh contributed to the Covid19 Emergency Fund.
Preparations are also underway to conduct video conferences between medical professionals and other stake holders in India and Bangladesh for considering specific measures and exchanging best practices, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
As a friend and neighbor, India is ready to stand with Bangladesh in times of challenge, it said.
"Working together, India, Bangladesh and other SAARC Countries can overcome the extraordinary situation created by the spread of Covid19," said the High Commission.