Federal government launches Pakistan’s Preparedness and Response plan worth $595 million to fight coronavirus pandemic

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Federal government launches Pakistan’s Preparedness and Response plan worth $595 million to fight coronavirus pandemic

ISLAMABAD - The government of Pakistan has launched Pakistan’s Preparedness and Response Plan (PPRP).

The initial response plan, worth US $595 million, is intended to strengthen Pakistan’s capacity in emergency prevention, preparedness, response and relief and build health systems for a period of 9 months from April to December 2020.

Launching the plan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi acknowledged and appreciated the efforts of all stakeholders involved in the preparation of the PPRP. He especially paid tribute to the fearless health workers, doctors, nurses and paramedic staff for their services to the people of Pakistan.

He shared that saving people both from the pandemic and hunger were topmost priority of the government. ------------------------------

He hailed Pakistan’s inclusive approach and collective response from our leadership towards COVID-19.

Referring to the PPRP as the “blueprint” for Pakistan to fill the gaps to combat COVID-19 in Pakistan, he stated that COVID-19 was a “wakeup call for the world” and global solidarity was needed more than ever. He urged the global leaders to come together against a “common enemy”.

He underscored that the socio-economic impact of the virus cannot be separated from the health response.

While referring to the Prime Minister’s ‘Global initiative on Debt Relief’, he said that the government of Pakistan was reaching out to all relevant stakeholders to craft a comprehensive response to the financial impacts of COVID-19.