US TO ASSIST COVID-19 RESPONSE IN PACIFIC WITH $3.3 MILLION
By WANPIS AKO
The US Government is assisting Pacific nations with $3.3 million (K11.93 million) in their Covid-19 response.
Consequently, it today joined other foreign donors and partners with the timely gesture.
Therefore, they all have have reached out and stood in solidarity in its Covid-19 response.
Additionally, the World Bank Group is providing financial assistance of K69.67 million (US$20 million) to PNG’s Covid-19 response as well.
“Today, I am honored to announce a U.S. government commitment of nearly 4.2 million PGK (USD 1.2 million). It will be split evenly between the WHO and UNICEF to help Papua New Guinea in its COVID-19 response.”
US Ambassador to PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Erin McKee made its significant announcement today on their Facebook page.
“The U.S. government commits nearly 4.2 million PGK ($1.2 million) to help Papua New Guinea in its COVID-19 response.”
“The assistance will help the Government of Papua New Guinea prepare laboratory systems, activate case-finding and event-based surveillance.”
“It will also cover support rapid response and preparedness efforts, develop risk communication campaigns, and implement infection prevention and control measures.”
“In addition, the U.S. government has committed $2.3 million to mitigate the spread of the #COVID19 pandemic in the Pacific Islands region.”