British govt announces £3.5m humanitarian aid for Covid-hit Balochistan
QUETTA: In order to assist the province of Balochistan in its efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, British High Commissioner Christian Turner on Wednesday announced a humanitarian aid of £ 3.5 million when he called on the prime minister did.
During his visit to the office of CM Jam Kamal Khan earlier today, the British High Commissioner acknowledged that the food crisis that Balochistan had suffered as a result of the global pandemic, and with this assistance approved by the British government, would affect approximately 41,000 women and children are facilitated by their food needs.
Turner said this aid would be paid for through a collaboration between the International Rescue Committee and the World Food Program, as it is likely to help 164,000 Balochistan people.
The country director of WFP was also present at the meeting today, as well as provincial health and food secretaries, among other officials.
Separately, the High Commissioner also announced an impending investment of £ 3.5 million in the health sector, as the turmoil over provincial health, nutrition programs, women’s education and agriculture was discussed.
Turner said his government is interested in working for girls’ education while meeting the food safety and nutritional requirements in the nutrition program.
Separately for Balochistan, the national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), has decided to operate flights from Turbat to Sharjah to facilitate Turbat residents.
According to the PIA spokesperson, the national airline will start Turbat-Sharjah operations from February 6. The national flag carrier will operate flights on this route twice a week.
ATR aircraft will be used for flight operations between Turbat and Sharjah, the spokesman said.