The United States delivered to Bangladesh a second shipment of emergency medical supplies to save lives, stop the spread of Covid-19, and meet the urgent health needs of the Bangladeshi people.
This latest delivery, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), brings the total of US pandemic assistance to more than $84 million, read a media release issued by US Embassy in Dhaka.
US Embassy Dhaka Deputy Chief of Mission JoAnne Wagner, and USAID Mission Director Derrick S Brown, joined by the Director of America Wing from the Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Seheli Sabrin, welcomed the arrival of this second shipment at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport today.
This latest shipment includes emergency supplies jointly donated by USAID, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, and Henry Schein, Inc., an American company for healthcare professionals.
On 7 June, a US military flight arrived in Dhaka loaded with additional medical supplies critical for Covid-19 treatment.
The recent shipments added over $2 million to the total US government contribution to Bangladesh.
Additional US Covid response assistance includes supplying 100 state-of-the-art US manufactured ventilators; gas analyzers to allow Bangladesh to produce its own ventilators; tens of thousands of pieces of locally-produced personal protective equipment (PPE; KN95 surgical masks, face shields, HAZMAT suits, full body gowns, medical-grade hand sanitizer, surgical gloves, medical goggles) to medical treatment facilities, law enforcement, first responders, and customs inspectors; and mentoring and training for thousands of doctors and other front line workers to improve the care given to Covid-19 patients across Bangladesh.
This support builds on the more than $1 billion in US health assistance the US has provided Bangladesh over the past 20 years and underscores the long-term US commitment to ensuring access to quality, lifesaving health services for the people of Bangladesh, the press statement added.