Japan to provide $4.57m grant to help procure polio vaccine

Published January 28, 2021
The Japa­nese government has annou­nced a new grant assistance of $4.57 million to procure essential oral polio vaccine as part of its continued support to Pakistan for polio eradication. — AFP/File
The Japa­nese government has annou­nced a new grant assistance of $4.57 million to procure essential oral polio vaccine as part of its continued support to Pakistan for polio eradication. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: The Japa­nese government has annou­nced a new grant assistance of $4.57 million to procure essential oral polio vaccine as part of its continued support to Pakistan for polio eradication.

This latest grant will be utilised for the procurement of 23.66m doses of vaccines, and it will allow the progr­am­­me to reach children under the age of five years living in the districts with persistent polio virus transmission.

To formalise the grant assistance, notes were signed and exchanged between the Japanese government and UN Children’s Fund, and between Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and Unicef in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Speaking on the occasion, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services, Regu­lations and Coordination Dr Faisal Sultan said that polio eradication is the top-most priority of the government, and “we are resolutely committed to eradicating polio even in difficult times of Covid-19 pandemic”.

The government is grateful to the people and the Japanese government for their timely and generous support for helping us reach every child with essential polio vaccine. Together, we will reach the milestone of polio-free Pakistan and world,” said Dr Sultan.

Ambassador of Japan Matsuda Kuninori paid tribute to all the frontline polio workers engaged in vaccination amid the prevailing risk of Covid-19. “Japan remains committed to assisting the people of Pakistan together with Unicef in their goal of eradicating polio,” he said.

“We highly appreciate the brave and tireless efforts of the Pakistani government despite the Covid-19 pandemic. With this grant aid, Jica will assist the vaccine procurement for children living in high-risk areas through Unicef,” Jica Chief Representative Shigeki Furuta said.

Published in Dawn, January 28th, 2021

Opinion

A ventilator for democracy
Updated 15 Jun 2021

A ventilator for democracy

Chomsky has analysed Biden’s foreign policy succinctly, which is essentially not very different from Trump’s in most ways.
State of IKonomy
15 Jun 2021

State of IKonomy

PTI’s economic record is not rosy as some say it is.
Not by words alone
Updated 14 Jun 2021

Not by words alone

A policy shift must be backed by substance otherwise it is a statement of intent not a strategy.

Editorial

15 Jun 2021

Middle East’s plight

THE Middle East is geopolitically and economically perhaps the most important region of the world, home to much of...
Thoughtless eviction
Updated 15 Jun 2021

Thoughtless eviction

Promised compensation of Rs20,000 per month for two years is hardly worth the adversity evicted residents have to undergo.
15 Jun 2021

Cinema ‘industry’?

THE vast gap that often exists between the state’s intentions and its actual efficiency was evident in the third...
Power shortages
Updated 14 Jun 2021

Power shortages

It is high time that governance and structural reforms were introduced in the energy sector.
14 Jun 2021

Suicide in Thar

THARPARKAR is an appropriate case study for examining the factors that lead some people to the desperate, final act...
14 Jun 2021

Water woes

THIS past week saw a discussion on a water management system that, if properly implemented, should go some way...