On Sunday, March 15, 2020, The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) held the Video Conference which was attended by all its members including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Afganistan President Ashraf Ghani and Special assistant to Pakistani Prime Minister on Health Zafar Mirza.
A series of suggestions were given by all the participants to deal with the Pandemic COVID -19.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned that ‘Prepare but don’t panic’ is the guiding mantra which the whole nation is following to deal with the virus, The Prime Minister also asserted that it was important for the SAARC country members to work together to defeat the virus.
After all the remarks by the members, the Shri Narendra Modi who heads the meeting proposed a $10 million emergency fund to combat COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus in the SAARC region. On the other hand, Pakistan used the occasion to raise Kashmir,”Equity in health is a fundamental principle of public health. In this regard, let me say that it is a matter of concern that COVID-19 has been reported” from Jammu and Kashmir and given the health emergency, it is imperative that all “lockdown” there must be lifted immediately,
“Opening up communication and movement would facilitate dissemination of information, allow distribution of medical supplies and allow containment…to proceed unimpeded,” Special Assistant to Pakistani Prime Minister on Health Mirza said.
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