Islamabad: The United States Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Paul W. Jones said U.S.-Pakistan health partnership is helping Pakistan to combat coronavirus, the United States is also helping to mitigate the economic impacts of coronavirus.” To that end, America has committed $5 million to support Pakistan’s Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program and $2.5 million to a therapeutic food program for children diagnosed with acute malnutrition.
Participating in a virtual policy dialogue organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Ambassador Jones discussed the many ways the United States and Pakistan are working together to restore health and prosperity to both countries.
Ambassador Jones said that since designating Pakistan a priority country for coronavirus assistance, the U.S. Government has invested almost $15 million in the country, providing mobile labs to virus hotspots, training health care workers, upgrading provincial emergency operations centers, and supporting refugee and host communities.
In a phone call with Prime Minister Imran Khan on April 22, President Donald Trump reiterated America’s support.
US envoy Jones also discussed the important contributions of U.S. private sector companies in Pakistan to the fight against coronavirus, adding that boosting trade and economic cooperation will help both countries to recover quickly from the pandemic.
The United States’ and Pakistan’s strong people-to-people ties have aided the fight against coronavirus, Ambassador Jones pointed out.
Thousands of Pakistani-American doctors and health care workers are working on the front lines in the United States. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has recognized the important contributions by alumni of U.S. education and exchange programs and Pakistani-American diaspora organizations to help Pakistan cope with the challenges of coronavirus.
Ambassador Jones thanked the Government of Pakistan for facilitating 10 charter flights that repatriated over 3,200 U.S. citizens, and for allowing charter flights to bring Pakistani participants in U.S. student exchange programs back to Pakistan.