The Japanese government has donated medical aid totaling MVR 14 million, or USD 950,000, in partnership with UNICEF Maldives to help the country’s COVID-19 response activities.
In a ceremony at the Ministry of Health on Wednesday afternoon, UNICEF Resident Representative Marjan Montazemi and Japanese Ambassador Keiko Yanai handed out the aid to Maldives Minister of Health Ahmed Naseem.
According to the health ministry, Japan contributed freeze-free vaccination carriers, a freezer needed to maintain cold storage, temperature meters, IT equipment, and PPE kits. Japan will also provide technical assistance as part of the initiative.
Japan’s medical assistance was necessary to address capacity inadequacies in the health system required for efficient COVID-19 response, according to the health ministry, as well as to improve the national immunization program and cold chain management.
During the ceremony, Minister Naseem expressed gratitude to the Japanese government and UNICEF for their ongoing assistance to the Maldives.