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Emergency food, PPE donated to Mugda community and frontline nurses

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UNB, Dhaka :
The government of Korea, through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), has provided 1,800 emergency food and hygiene packages as well as 3,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to 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 recently at Kakrail with the presence of Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP, Lee Jang-keun, Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Korea to Bangladesh, Young-Ah Doh, Country Director of KOICA Bangladesh Office, Mohammod Abdul Hai, Director, Administration, Education & Training, Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery.
Ambassador Lee said the assistance is part of Korea's effort to fulfill this commitment and show their solidarity with Bangladesh in this time of unprecedented crisis.
Young-Ah Doh reassured that KOICA will stand by Bangladesh in its Covid-19 fight and will continue supporting the country in various sectors to curb the pandemic.
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 the support.
The 1,800 emergency food and sanitary goods were inclusive of rice, lentil, semolina, soybean oil, sugar, salt, milk powder, antiseptic soaps, hand sanitisers, face masks, laundry soaps and toothpaste are aimed to assist marginalised households of Dhaka's Mudga community whose livelihoods have been severely interrupted by the deadly pandemic.
While 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.
The contribution also falls under follow-up support of KOICA's project titled "Establishment of the National Institute of Advanced Practice Nurses in Bangladesh (NIANER)" - Bangladesh's first-ever postgraduate nursing education institution with grant aid US$13.75 million from 2013 to 2019.
Standing by the vulnerable community of Mugda and its nurses to further strengthen its capacity in battling Covid-19, the Korean Government through KOICA, will continue its support to NIANER for its improved sustainability as the country's only higher nursing education.
As a government aid agency of the Republic of Korea under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, KOICA implements Korea's grant aid and technical cooperation supporting socio-economic development.

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