The United States has provided personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Bangladesh Armed Forces Division (AFD) as a continuation of its support for Bangladesh's Covid-19 response.
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller and Embassy representatives of the US Military's Indo-Pacific Command handed over the PPE to AFD Principal Staff Officer Lieutenant General Mohammad Mahfuzur Rahman on Monday.
This is the sixth in a series of planned PPE distributions from the United States to Bangladesh, said the US Embassy Dhaka on Tuesday.
The donated equipment includes 1,200 KN95 surgical masks, 8,000 washable face masks, 3,000 200-millilitre bottles of hand sanitiser, 9,000 pairs of surgical gloves, 600 reusable hazmat suits, 100 disposable hazmat suits, and 500 face shields.
The United States purchased the PPE, locally, from Bangladeshi companies.
The country, through its Departments of State, Defence, and Agriculture, USAID, and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, up to now provided $56.5 million-plus in aid to support Bangladesh's Covid-19 response.
The Bangladesh Armed Forces Division service members are a critical part of the first line of defence against Covid-19. They are playing a key role in Bangladesh's Covid-19 response.
The AFD personnel are supporting people and the health ministry's initiatives throughout the country, including opening military hospitals to the public to support Covid-19 treatment, said the Embassy in a statement.
This PPE donation will ensure identified first responders remain protected while they deliver safety and security for everyone in Bangladesh, it said.
This donation is in addition to recent contributions from the US Embassy to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Bangladesh Customs, Kamalapur Railway General Hospital, and Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence.
The US Embassy Dhaka is now providing assistance to organisations throughout Bangladesh, building on more than $1 billion in health assistance delivered to Bangladesh in the past 20 years.