ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is likely to include in its humanitarian appeal to help the UN fight the Coronavirus and reduce its impact on the country.
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan Julian Frederick Morakam Harnes met Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi at the Foreign Office on Monday to join the proposal from the Pakistan Ministry of Health and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Called for joint suggestions.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi, speaking after the meeting, said that he would need joint proposals from the Ministry of Health and the NDMA to seek help.
He assured the UN official that the government would assist in all preparations for the appeal.
It should be noted that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and heads of UN agencies launched a $ 2 billion Global Human Response Plan (GHRP) March 25 for the Coronavirus or COVID 19. To help countries suffering from the health system avoid the worst and save lives.
The World Health Organization, the UN Health Agency, is the most important organization in the global fight against pandemic diseases.
Pakistan was not initially included in this appeal and is comprised of countries that are continuing humanitarian sympathy plans or regional refugee plans, refugees and refugee response plans for Venezuela and regional refugees. The countries involved are in the Syrian Crisis Plan and the Rohingya Joint Response to Human Crisis.
Since Pakistan does not fall into one of these categories, it was not included in the GHRP.
However, Iran was granted immunity and was involved in the severe effects of infectious diseases and the request for international assistance to cope with the outbreak.
However, it was mentioned in the appeal that the needs of other countries were being monitored and reviewed, which was not included in the first edition of the appeal, and could be added later if needed.
Pakistan was one of the 12 countries being monitored; other countries included Greece, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Timor Leste, and Zimbabwe.
So far, more than 1,700 certified cases have been reported in Pakistan, while more than 15,000 have been tested.
According to the government's claim, one-third of cases are spread locally.
The foreign minister said the UN appeal would be about providing medical supplies to Pakistan and providing financial support to the weaker sections.
At the moment, Pakistan's basic needs are ventilators, testing kits, and medical staff personal safety equipment.
Meanwhile, the government has announced a grant of Rs 50 billion for the more vulnerable sections of the one million two million very weak.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan was effectively fighting COVID-19 with its limited resources.
"As a developing country, Pakistan faces economic challenges to tackle the infectious diseases," he said.
The International Monetary Fund, on the other hand, is also considering a Pakistani request for rapid financing instruments to meet the immediate balance of payment needs and support the most affected sectors.