US delivers emergency medical supplies to Bangladesh to combat Covid-19
The United States, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), last night delivered to Bangladesh its latest shipment of emergency medical supplies to save lives, stop spread of Covid-19, and meet the urgent health needs of people.
This latest delivery brings the financial value of US pandemic assistance to Bangladesh to more than $84 million, tweeted US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller.
Apart from Miller, Toufiq Islam Shatil, director general, Americas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Kabir Ahmed, joint secretary, Economic Relations Division (ERD), Ministry of Finance; Professor Dr Mohammad Robed Amin, line director, Non-Communicable Disease Control (NCDC); Dr Md Zahidul Islam, deputy director, Hospitals from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS); and Dr Moinul Ahsan, civil surgeon, Dhaka were present during a handover ceremony.
The emergency medical supplies, including critical personal protective equipment for healthcare professionals and other frontline workers, as well as fingertip pulse oximeters, which by measuring patients' blood oxygen levels, help better manage and determine timely critical care interventions.
"For 50 years, the United States has stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Bangladesh. We will continue to fight this pandemic with Bangladesh until the crisis is over," said Ambassador Miller.
On June 3, the White House announced its plan to share vaccines directly with Bangladesh as part of a framework to provide 80 million US vaccine doses globally by the end of the month.