US sends 100 ventilators to Bangladesh

The United States has sent 100 ventilators to Bangladesh to manage Covid-19 patients.

US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E Biegun during his Oct 14-16 visit to Dhaka announced the delivery of 100 American-made ventilators to Bangladesh.

Ambassador Earl Miller in a tweet on Friday said those ventilators arrived on Thursday for supporting Bangladesh’s Covid-19 response.

Thanks to USAID, the government of Bangladesh and airport authorities for facilitating delivery and placement of this life-saving equipment, he said in a tweet.

During his visit, the Deputy Secretary handed over two gas analysers to Health Minister Zahid Maleque and State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak to expand Bangladesh’s capacity to certify and re-check the effectiveness of all ventilators in the country. The US has been providing assistance to Bangladesh form the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.To date, the US has provided more than $56.5 million to help Bangladesh combat Covid-19.

On August 23, the US provided 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 US purchased locally from Bangladeshi companies, to Dhaka Metropolitan Police. An equal number of PPE was also donated to the Armed Police Battalionand the Immigration Police Unit.

On August 10, the US Embassy in Dhaka provided 10,000 reusable cloth masks, 200 full Hazardous Materials suits, 50 KN95 surgical masks, 660 200-milliliter bottles of hand sanitizer, 11,000 pairs of surgical gloves, 25 Kg of powdered bleach, 2 disinfectant backpack sprayers, 100 face shields, and 10 infrared thermometers, all of which were purchased locally, to the Department of Prisons.