US is a proud partner with Pakistan to fight against Covid-19: Ambassador Paul W. Johns

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad:The United States government on Thursday donated another tranche of 100 ventilators to Pakistan to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. US Ambassador to Pakistan Paul W Johns handed over the ventilators to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA Chairman Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal.

Speaking on the occasion, US Ambassador Paul W Johns stated that the US is a proud partner with the Government of Pakistan to help stem the tide of this deadly pandemic and these ventilators will help with that fight. The US and Pakistan would defeat the pandemic with joint efforts.

Ambassador Paul W. Johns said both the governments had already expressed their firm resolve to jointly combat the menace. “This is the second tranche of 100 ventilators.The first consignment had been handed over to NDMA in Karachi last month. Pakistani doctors and healthcare workers would also be provided training facilities.” He said the US was also helping to upgrade provincial emergency operation centres. 

The Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal,  chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said the US had donated 100 ventilators last month and the combined worth of 200 units was $ 3 million. It also included the package of training to doctor and paramedics. ” I’m pleased to receive the ventilators – the token of friendship with the United States of America (USA).”

The NDMA chairman thanked US Ambassador Paul W Johns and the head of USAID in Pakistan Ms Julie for making possible the support.

Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority and the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), are working together to fight COVID-19 by contributing a second shipment of 100 respiratory ventilators.

The ventilators arrived in Islamabad on July 28 and will be deployed in hospitals across Pakistan. The arrival of these ventilators delivers on President Donald Trump’s promise to Prime Minister Imran Khan to stand with the people of Pakistan and bring additional critically needed supplies and support to Pakistan’s urgent response to the pandemic, stated in the press release of US embassy Islamabad.

The first 100 ventilators arrived on July 3 and have already been delivered to hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout Pakistan. Those 100 ventilators given by the US had been distributed among hospitals across the country, especially those which did not have the facility of vents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The ventilators can also be used to provide non-invasive respiratory therapy for patients before they become critically ill and help avoid the need for more extreme care.  In addition, these ventilators can help treat a number of other respiratory ailments outside of the COVID-19 virus, including pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Through a specialized training program developed with the National Disaster Management Authority and the Federal and Provincial Ministries of Health, and with funding from USAID, Pakistan will have a stronger arsenal with which to fight COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

The U.S-Pakistan long-standing partnership in the health sector is strengthening the country’s ability to fight coronavirus by improving and expanding laboratory testing, disease monitoring, case tracking, infection prevention and control, and patient care.  The United States is contributing more than $28 million in new funding so far for COVID-19 response to this vital partnership that is growing every day.

Arif Qureshi is Editor Daily Online “The Fortress” he can be reached at arifqoreshi@gmail.com

 

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