BSS-42 USA provides COVID-19 safety equipment to KRGH

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USA provides COVID-19 safety equipment to KRGH

DHAKA, May 28, 2020 (BSS) – The USA embassy here today donated
essential personal protective equipment (PPE) to Kamalapur Railway
General Hospital (KRGH) as part of U.S. assistance to Bangladesh’s
COVID-19 response efforts.

USA ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller and representative of the
U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command handed over the supply to KRGH
Divisional Medical Officer Dr. Ibne Safi Abdul Ahad, a US embassy
press release said.

The equipment delivered today includes 700 KN95 surgical masks, 500
200-milliliter bottles of hand sanitizer, 500 pairs of surgical
gloves, 300 hazardous materials (HAZMAT) suits, 50 face shields, 50
pounds of bleach powder, 10 infrared thermometers, six disinfectant
sprayers, and three patient monitor/pulse oximeter machines, all of
which were purchased locally from Bangladeshi companies.

This is the second in a series of planned PPE distributions from
the USA to Bangladesh as the embassy provided PPE and medical
equipment to the Fire Service and Civil Defense on May 11 first.

US Embassy continues working in close partnership with Bangladesh
government on a range of programs to identify and alleviate critical
medical shortages across the country, including by distributing PPE
and other medical supplies to designated COVID-19 medical treatment
facilities and first responders, said the release.

Today’s delivery is one of the many initiatives, demonstrating the
US government’s continuing commitment to the Bangladeshi people and to
promoting mutual understanding and strong partnership between our two
countries, it added.

To date, the U.S. government has provided over 25.7 million US
dollars to complement the Bangladesh government’s ongoing efforts to
prepare and respond to the spread of COVID-19 to improve rapid
diagnosis, increase knowledge and dispel myths and misconceptions
about the disease.

This funding, building on more than one billion US dollar American
support in health assistance provided to Bangladesh over the past 20
years, emphasizes the long-term US commitment to ensuring access to
quality, lifesaving health services for all people in Bangladesh, the
release added.

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