Japan extends $59m polio-eradication soft loan


Mian Arshad

Islamabad—The Japanese government has announced to extend a soft loan of $ 59 million to Pakistan for polio eradication in Pakistan. This loan will be utilized to procure 273 million doses of Oral Polio Vaccines for polio eradication campaign. In this regard, notes were signed and exchanged between Japanese Ambassador Takashi Kurai, and Additional Secretary for Economic Affairs Division Amin Anjum Assad,
Japanese government has focused on polio eradication, which is indeed a global challenge for public health. Since 1996, for over 20 years, Japan has supported polio eradication campaign in Pakistan by way of procurement of polio vaccine, strengthening the logistics for delivery through cold chain system, improvement in the treatment of vaccinators, dispatching Japanese medical experts, and so on.
Thereby Japan’s assistance including this Yen loan reaches approximately 22.6 billion Japanese Yen (approxi-mately USD 212.5 million) in total. At the signing ceremony, Takashi Kurai stated “our assistance this year of about PKR 6.2 billion is the biggest among all the assistance we have ever provided so far in this area and we sincerely hope that this yen loan will be a finishing blow to polio infection and lead to the complete polio eradication where we can see all the children free from it.”

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