ISLAMABAD: The United States (US) has donated 100 ventilators to Pakistan to assist in the fight against coronavirus pandemic.
According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) officials, the ventilators arrived in Karachi on July 2 and will be distributed in hospitals across the country.
Through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), in cooperation with the NDMA, the US donated a shipment of 100 brand-new, state-of-the-art ventilators to Pakistan.
A statement by the US Embassy said President Donald Trump offered critically needed supplies to Pakistan to support its urgent response to the pandemic.
Made in America, the ventilators are valued at least $3 million and reflect the latest in cutting-edge medical design and technology.
They are compact, easily deployable, and will enable Pakistan to more effectively treat patients suffering from the contagion.
US Ambassador to Pakistan Paul Jones said: “The US stands with Pakistan in its fight against COVID-19. These American-made ventilators will help Pakistani patients in the most acute need of medical care.”
پاکستانی کرونا متاثرین کی جانیں بچانے کے لیے امریکہ نے تازہ ہی تیس لاکھ ڈالر کے ۱۰۰ وینٹی لیٹرز فراہم کیئے۔ کووڈ-۱۹ کے خلاف جنگ میں مجموعی طور پر ہم نے حفظان صحت کا اشتراک بہتر کرنے میں ۲۷ملین ڈالر سرمایہ کاری کی ہے۔ #Coronavirus #Partners4Prosperity #USPAK #USinPAK pic.twitter.com/psWupwRDYo
— U.S. Embassy Islamabad (@usembislamabad) July 3, 2020
US-Pakistan health partnership to fight the pandemic is helping to improve and expand laboratory testing, disease monitoring, case tracking, infection prevention and control, and patient care, the statement read.
The US thanked Pakistan for its contribution to medical supplies to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak.
On 22 May, Pakistan had gifted personal protective equipment (PPE) to the United States to show solidarity in the fight against the coronavirus.
A Pakistan Air Forces C-130 plane carrying medical supplies for the US landed at the Andrews Air Base in Washington DC.
The material including surgical masks and protective suits was received by Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense David Halloway and other US staff.
Pakistan ambassador to the United States Asad Majeed Khan and other staff of the Pakistani embassy were also present at the airport.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has appreciated Pakistan for sending medical supplies to the US to fight coronavirus.
Taking to twitter, Mike Pompeo had termed the supplies of medical equipment as a sign of solidarity between both the countries in the war against COVID-19.
“Appreciate Pakistan’s goodwill donation of surgical masks and protective suits to @FEMA. This delivery is a symbol of U.S.-Pakistan solidarity in the fight against COVID-19,” he said.
Appreciate Pakistan’s goodwill donation of surgical masks and protective suits to @FEMA. This delivery is a symbol of U.S.-Pakistan solidarity in the fight against COVID-19. #WeAreInThisTogether #Partners4Prosperity pic.twitter.com/TUk3nTQZgu
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) May 21, 2020