A Navy ship is set to sail for the Maldives with more than 100 tonnes of food, medicine and medical equipment as assistance from Bangladesh to the neighbouring country.
A press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated this on Wednesday.
"As per the directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs along with the Bangladesh High Commission in Male is facilitating dispatch and delivery of the materials to the Maldives in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic cases being detected in the Indian Ocean archipelago," the release read.
Bangladesh Navy, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, Directorate General of Drug Administration, relevant district administrations and other authorities concerned of the government as well as some Bangladeshi pharmaceutical companies jointly gathered the assistance materials.
The materials have been collected in a very short time in the backdrop of a challenging time Bangladesh is going through currently.
The foreign minister is keeping contact with his Maldivian counterpart and has reiterated Bangladesh's solidarity with its friendly country in South Asia in facing the threat of Covid-19 together.
Bangladesh also pledged $1.5 million to the Covid-19 Regional Fund proposed by India during the Saarc leaders' videoconference held on March 15 this year.