The Japanese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam on Friday supplied bento boxes for medical frontliners at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital as a token of appreciation and support for their hard work and dedication in handling the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
An initiative of Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Yamamoto Eiji and other officials at the embassy, the food was delivered to the hospital by First Secretary at the Japanese Embassy Aoki Atsushi.
According to Atsushi, the bento boxes were specially prepared by the ambassador’s personal chef, along with a special cake decorated with a message of appreciation from the envoy.
He also stated that during the Special ASEAN+3 Video Conference Summit on COVID-19, held on April 14, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed on the importance of ongoing cooperation between Southeast Asian and other Asian region with the mission of ending the outbreak and returning to the pre-virus living conditions.
The Japanese leader suggested for ASEAN to jointly prepare to battle the virus that spreads beyond the borders and supported the establishment of an ASEAN centre for emerging diseases and public health emergencies.
The Prime Minister also promised to boost clinical trials for anti-flu medicine Avigan as the key to winning against the coronavirus.
The Japanese government has vouched to offer Avigan at no cost to more than 40 countries while expanding research on its efficacy in treating COVID-19 patients.
Japan will also give USD1 million to the United Nations (UN) to buy and deliver the medicine to countries in need.