The Government of the Republic of Korea, through Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), has provided 1,800 emergency food and hygiene packages as well as 3,000 personal protective equipment (PPEs) and medical supplies for the vulnerable communities as well as the frontline nurses of the capital's Mugda area, who have been hard-hit amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
A ceremony to handover the items was held on Monday in HR Auditorium, HR Bhaba, Kakrail in the capital, said a press release.
Member of parliament Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Lee Jang-keun, ambassador-designate of the Republic of Korea to Bangladesh, Young-Ah Doh, country director of KOICA Bangladesh office, and Mohammod Abdul Hai, director, administration, education and training, Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery, among others, attended the programme.
The ambassador-designate stated that 'today's assistance was part of Korea's effort to fulfill this commitment and show solidarity with Bangladesh in this time of unprecedented crisis.
The KOICA's country director reassured that KOICA would stand by Bangladesh in its Covid-19 fight and continue supporting the country in various sectors to curb the pandemic.
MP Saber Hossain Chowdhury and director of DGNM reassured their services for the people of Bangladesh as a whole and expressed their sincere gratitude to KOICA for its support.
The 1,800 emergency food and sanitary goods including rice, lentil, semolina, soybean oil, sugar, salt, milk powder, antiseptic soaps, hand sanitizers, face masks, laundry soaps and toothpaste are aimed to assist marginalized households of Dhaka's Mudga community whose livelihoods have been severely interrupted by the deadly pandemic.
Besides, 3,000 PPEs and medical supplies are expected to enhance the working conditions of the heroic nurses who have emerged as frontline combatants risking their own lives.