Embassy contributes 50,000 face masks

Lyna Mohamad

Donations continued to pour in for the Ministry of Health (MoH) in helping the government curb the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam yesterday donated over 50,000 pieces of N95 masks to the MoH.

The masks were provided under the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) stockpile project financed by the government of Japan.

Deputy Chief Mission at the Japan Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Atsushi Suda presented the contribution to Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional) at MoH Pengiran Dr Haji Md Khalifah bin Pengiran Haji Ismail.

Yesterday’s contribution marked the latest contribution by the Japanese government in addition to the 100,000 doses of Japanese manufactured AstraZeneca vaccines and an Emergency Grant Aid of approximately USD800,00 which includes medical equipment, via the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Private Japanese organisations including Brunei Japan Friendship Association also contributed 500 Antigen Rapid Test (ART) kits, 1,750 N95 masks and BND10,000 worth of surgical gowns from Mitsubishi Corporation.

The ASEF has been engaged in activities to enhance cultural understanding between Asia and Europe with focus on the socio-cultural field and work with the Japanese government as part of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) initiative for the rapid containment of pandemic Influenza where ASEF dispatches personal protective equipment (PPE) to ASEM partners to support the efforts to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

Japan, as an important ASEAN dialogue partner, is also contributing USD1 million to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund and USD50 million for the establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging diseases (ACPHEED).

Deputy Chief Mission at the Japan Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Atsushi Suda presents the donation to Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional) at the MoH Pengiran Dr Haji Md Khalifah bin Pengiran Haji Ismail. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR