The United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller and embassy representatives of the Diplomatic Security Service Regional Security Office distributed essential personal protective equipment (PPE) to Dhaka Metropolitan Police's (DMP) Gulshan crime division on Thurusday.Shudip Kumar Chakraborty, deputy commissioner of police, received the PPEs on behalf of the division.
The providing of PPE comes as part of continued US support for Bangladesh's Covid-19 response efforts, said a press release.
Thursday's distribution are the latest in a series of PPE donations from the US Embassy. 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 $68.7 million in aid to combat the novel coronavirus in Bangladesh.
The US Embassy Dhaka-provided equipment includes 2,000 washable face masks, 450 250-milliliter bottles of medical-grade hand sanitiser, and 1,000 face shields, which the United States purchased locally from Bangladeshi companies.
The Gulshan Crime Division is on the frontline of defense against Covid-19; playing a key role in Bangladesh's Covid-19 response as it implements Ministry of Health (MoH) health initiatives and safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. This PPE donation helps protect police in their role as first responders, safeguarding communities and people living in Bangladesh, the press release added.
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 organisations, 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 emphasises the long-term US commitment to helping ensure access for all people in Bangladesh to quality, lifesaving healthcare.