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US donates more emergency medical supplies

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 30 June, 2021 12:00 AM
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US donates more emergency medical supplies

The US government on Tuesday donated emergency Covid-19 medical supplies to Bangladesh to help save lives, stop the spread of Covid-19 and meet the health needs of the Bangladeshi people.

The U.S. delivery, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is worth nearly $3 million and includes personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare professionals and other frontline workers, laboratory equipment to expand Covid-19 testing, oxygen cylinders, and medicines to better manage and ensure timely critical care interventions for Covid-19 patients. 

The Government of Bangladesh will distribute these supplies and medicines to the health facilities in the border regions where the need is greatest amid the current surge of Covid-19 cases in the country, said the US Embassy Dhaka.

“Today’s handover of Covid-19 supplies and medicines is one of the many examples of our successful and unique partnership as we find our way through the crisis together,” said US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller during the event. 

Lokman Hossain Miah, Secretary, Health Services Division of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was also present during the handover ceremony.

These deliveries build on the United States’ ongoing efforts to mitigate the challenges posed by the pandemic in Bangladesh. 

The United States has worked closely with Bangladesh since the beginning of the pandemic to strengthen the government’s response to prevent and respond to Covid-19, contributing more than $84 million to date in development and humanitarian assistance from USAID since March 2020, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of State. 

The United States has also provided 100 state-of-the-art ventilators and gas analyzers to help Bangladesh to produce its own ventilators and others medical equipment.