US donates $7.5m worth medical oxygen to Pakistan for COVID patients

Islamabad: According to the US Embassy, the US government has contributed $7.5 million in medical oxygen supplies to the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination for COVID-19 patients.

The embassy stated that the assistance, sponsored by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), will also include training for 163 institutions across Pakistan to improve their ability to treat patients with severe COVID-19 and other lung disorders.

Federal Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel received supplies from the US government at the Ministry of National Health Services in the federal capital.

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“We are grateful to the US government for their continuous support throughout COVID-19, particularly after the recent floods,” Patel added in his remarks.

He noted that the efforts represent the two countries’ strong bilateral relations.

“Today’s donation is not just about COVID-19,” US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome said during the ceremony. It is a long-term investment in Pakistan’s health system.”

“This aid — which began at the onset of the COVID pandemic, continued throughout the pandemic, and is now addressing the long-term health implications of the floods — is a prime illustration of the long history of US assistance to Pakistan.”

“The United States was there from the start, and we will continue to find ways to help Pakistan recover and rebuild from calamities, whether it’s a worldwide pandemic like COVID-19 or a devastating calamity like Pakistan recently suffered.”

He noted that the US government donation delivered thousands of vital supplies and oxygen therapy equipment that the Ministry of Health had sought.

He said that the US government would also develop a web-based information system to allow real-time monitoring of patient oxygen levels and strengthen Pakistan’s medical oxygen systems, adding that technical assistance would be provided to train public-sector staff working in intensive-care units on how to use the equipment effectively.

Official records show that in the last 24 hours, Pakistan has registered 28 COVID-19 instances, two deaths from the virus, and 38 persons recovered from the dangerous illness.