The US Embassy has provided Covid-19 response equipment to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) as a part of US support for Bangladesh's Covid-19 response efforts.
United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller and Embassy representatives of the Diplomatic Security Service Regional Security Office handed over essential personal protective equipment (PPE) on Sunday to Mohammad Ashraful Islam, the Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Diplomatic Security Division (DSD) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), says a press release.
To date, the United States, through the Departments of State, Defense, and Agriculture, USAID, and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, has provided more than $56.5 million in aid to combat Covid-19 in Bangladesh.
The equipment includes 1,000 KN95 masks, 2,000 washable face masks, 800 250-milliliter bottles of hand sanitizer, and 1,400 face shields, all of which the United States purchased locally from Bangladeshi companies. An equal number of PPE also will be donated for distribution to the Armed Police Battalion -1 (APBn) and the Immigration Police Unit.
The Diplomatic Security Division is on the frontline of defense against Covid-19.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the US government, through the Department of State and USAID alone, has committed more than $1.6 billion worldwide in emergency health, humanitarian, economic, and development assistance specifically aimed at helping governments, international organizations, and NGOs fight the pandemic.
US Embassy Dhaka is providing assistance to organizations throughout Bangladesh, building on more than $1 billion in health assistance delivered to Bangladesh over the past 20 years.
This funding emphasizes the long-term U.S. commitment to helping ensure access for all people in Bangladesh to quality, lifesaving healthcare.
This donation is in addition to previous donations from the US Embassy, including recent contributions to Bangladesh Customs Department officials, Kamalapur Railway General Hospital, USAID's food security programs, Armed Forces Division, Bangladesh Police Headquarters, Bangladesh's Fire Service and Civil Defence, and Bangladesh Prison corrections officers and staff working at the various institutions across the country.