US Announces Medical Aid For Pakistan To Combat Covid-19

To combat COVID-19, the government of United States (US) on Saturday announced another new medical assistance package for Pakistan, the Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination (NHSR&C) said in a statement.

US announces medical aid for Pakistan to combat Covid-19

To combat COVID-19, the government of United States (US) on Saturday announced another new medical assistance package for Pakistan, the Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination (NHSR&C) said in a statement.

The assistance package was announced during a ceremony which was attended by Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Health Services Dr. Faisal Sultan, officials of the US embassy in Pakistan and officials of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

According to the statement, the medical donation package consists of safety accessories and equipment for more than 3200 frontline health workers and 600 ICU and operation theatre staffers serving the nation while putting their lives in risk.

Besides this, the package will also help in patient oxygen monitoring support for over 1200 hospital beds across the country which, as per Dr Faisal Sultan, is a landmark step.

The donation includes other necessary equipment for COVID-19 patients in Pakistan. Moreover, the US government has also announced $3.5 million funding for local procurement of health related accessories in respect of supporting overall pandemic response. 

The donation package was formally received by Dr Sultan at the ceremony. In his remarks, Dr Sultan appreciated the decision of the US government. “We are thankful to the US for helping us in this crucial time,” he said, adding that the country had received such welcoming responses from the US government in the past in each difficult time. He also recalled that the effort was a true reflection of the mutual relations between the US and Pakistan.  

Highlighting the ongoing corona vaccination drive in the country, Dr Sultan said a large number of people had been administered vaccine and the extensiveness of the third wave turned significantly low. He said the entire world suffered badly from the pandemic.   

The US embassy Charge d’Affaires Lesslie Viguerie said that coronavirus was the biggest challenge for the entire world as millions of people were affected by this novel disease. 

Viguerie said that the US embassy was working in joint cooperation with the National Disaster Management Authority and Pakistan ministry of health. “It was the result of the efforts of all relevant sections that today we are handing over this donation package to the ministry of health,” the US official said.

Originally published at The nation

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