Japan aids MVR 15.9 million for Maldives vaccination program

A nurse at Addu Equatorial Hospital prepares to administer a dose of Covishield Covid-19 vaccine | Photo: adduLIVE

Male’, Maldives — The Japanese government has aided Maldives with MVR 15.9 million to help carry out the Covid-19 Dhifaau vaccination program against Covid-19.

Japan provided this help through the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to help Maldives carry out its vaccination program continuously by increasing the Cold Chain Equipment (CCE).

According to UNICEF, the equipment Maldives will received from this aid are equipment that can be used to protect the Covid-19 vaccine itself. These include of a machine that creates dry ice, ice lined fridge along with logistical support in installing these equipment.

With this generous aid from Japan, the technicians and frontliners will be more familiar with CCE equipment and the workers will also be more aware of the coordination of managing the vaccine along with collecting information and creating rules as well.

Maldives is one of the 25 countries in the “Last One Mile Support” program that the Japanese carries out through UNICEF. The non-profit organization has been a great supporter of Maldives in fighting against the Covid-19 virus as UNICEF has provided the country with information regarding vaccination along with providing technical support needed in vaccination.

While Japan has been a long time friend of Maldives, the country has not failed to support Maldives during these challenging times. Japan has been providing constant aid to the country over the past year such as presenting the country with medical equipment worth MVR 5.6 million to Maldives. Along with this, Japan had also agreed to provide Maldives with a loan worth of MVR 47 million considering the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.