The Federal Republic of Germany, as represented by the Ministry of Health (BMG) has donated 462,000 non-sterile surgical face masks, worth $145,068, to WHO Bangladesh for protection against Covid-19.
This shipment is part of an in-kind donation of 121 million surgical medical masks with a total value of EUR 49 million made in support of WHO response to the COVID-19 outbreak in several countries, according to a press release by German Embassy Dhaka.
The timely dispatch of these essential supplies becomes vital in WHO's response to the pandemic given the upward trend of COVID-19 positive cases in the South-East Asia Region over the past weeks. Since March 2020, Bangladesh has registered a total of 815,282 positive cases across the country and 12,913 deaths, with the highest weekly count case registered in the beginning of May 2021.
German Ambassador to Bangladesh, H.E. Peter Fahrenholtz said, "Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Germany has increased the cooperation with WHO around the world. We are glad to further support WHO's Covid-19 response in Bangladesh. WHO is a longstanding partner of Germany; we are working side by side fighting against Covid-19. The pandemic has shown us, how connected we are. No country in the world can win the fight against Covid-19 alone. With cases rising again in Bangladesh, it is essential to prevent a further spread of the virus and to continue supporting our partners here"
WHO Representative to Bangladesh, Dr Bardan Jung Rana said, "Ensuring the safety and well-being of the many health care workers and humanitarians, as well as government partners and stakeholders involved in the Covid-19 response has been a high priority for WHO since the onset of the pandemic. We are very grateful to the generosity of the Government and people of Germany, which will help meet immediate needs within the recent rise of cases in the country and contribute to protect our frontline workers".