Japan (IP) - The Japanese government donated a $6.3 million aid to the Islamic Republic of Iran through WHO to shore up the country's capability in containing the corona pandemic.

Iran PressIran News:  The financial donation agreement was signed between Syed Jaffar Hussain, WHO Representative and Head of Mission to the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Hirotaka Matsuo, Charge d'Affaires ad interim in Japan to the Islamic Republic of Iran, during a solemn ceremony in Tehran on Tuesday 26 October 2021. 

The grant aid project worth 6.3 million USD will provide a total of six MRI machines to the Islamic Republic of Iran to strengthen its capacity to address the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the country.

These MRI machines will be delivered to public hospitals in five provinces of Iran namely Tehran, Khuzestan, South Khorasan, North Khorasan, and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, and WHO Country Office will be responsible for the procurement and delivery of the items.

Hussain expressed his gratitude to the Government of Japan and the Japanese Embassy for their support which would greatly support the healthcare system in dealing with the viral disease.

“The coronavirus infection rapidly expanded all over the world and threatened not only human lives but also the world’s economy. From the very beginning of the outbreak of corona virus, the Government of Japan considers that the emergency response to protect human lives and minimize socio-economic impacts is essential,” said Matsuo at the event. 

The Government of Japan has also supported Iran by rapidly procuring about three million doses of Japan-made AstraZeneca vaccine in July 2021 when the country was going through the immense fifth wave of the pandemic.

The current project comes at a critical time and will significantly contribute to the national preparedness to respond to the COVID-19 crisis through its health facilities across the country.


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