GoP, IDB sign Grant Agreement for provision of Mobile Clinics

Government of Pakistan and the Islamic Development Bank here on Tuesday signed a Grant Agreement for provision of 10 Mobile Clinics for rural areas in Pakistan.

The Agreement was signed by Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar and Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali, President, Islamic Development Bank. Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali is on a day’s visit to Pakistan to attend the 11th Board of Trustee’s Meeting of International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI).

The Grant Agreement is for supply and operation (up to five years) of different state-of-the-art, specialized mobile clinics in the areas of Primary health care and health awareness, Prenatal care and obstetrics, Immunization, treatment and diagnosis of malnutrition among children,  Basic laboratory tests, Diagnostic ultrasound, X-ray and treatment of chronic diseases, Clinical and early detection of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, Eye surgery and detection of Cataract, Dialysis and Monitoring and discovering epidemic diseases.

Currently, IDB is providing Pakistan short-term and long-term credit worth amounts of US$ 1.5 billion and US$ 1305.07 million respectively in various development projects.

In a meeting preceding the signing ceremony, the Finance Minister, Senator Ishaq Dar welcomed Dr. Mohamed Ali and said that Government of Pakistan had prioritized economic revival as a key policy objective and intended to pursue it in consultation with her development partners and stakeholders. “IDB is our most honoured development partner”, Dar remarked.

The Minister appreciated IDB’s role in promoting Islamic Banking and thanked the president IDB for enhancing the commodity Murabaha Financing for the import of oil and urea and for its support regarding the polio eradication programme. The Minister said that the mobile clinics would be of great help for providing health services at doorstep, to the people who needed them the most.  

President IDB said he always prayed for the success of Pakistan in meeting different challenges and it was great to see Pakistan  moving towards progress and prosperity. “We would like to help Pakistan in the promotion of Islamic Banking as much as we can”, Mohamed remarked. Minister Dar reaffirmed that the Government of Pakistan intended to strengthen its cooperation with IDB and this would be facilitated by frequent interaction at all levels.