By Muhammad Luqman
The United States has donated 100 ventilators to Pakistan to support its fight against Covid-19 thas sofar killed over 4500 people in this part of the world.
The ventilators arrived in the port city of Karachi on July 2 and will be distributed in hospitals across the country.
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 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 coronavirus. 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
The statement said US-Pakistan health partnership to fight Covid-19 is helping to improve and expand laboratory testing, disease monitoring, case tracking, infection prevention and control, and patient care.
The US thanked Pakistan for its contribution of medical supplies to help fight the virus.
#NDMA in consultation with provincial govts. issues hospital wise distribution of 100 #ventilators donated by #USGovernment through @USAID_Pakistan. Provincial allocations are:
GB. 05@pid_gov@appcsocialmedia@PTVNewsOfficial@RadioPakistan pic.twitter.com/dSxROp5OT9
— NDMA PAKISTAN (@ndmapk) July 3, 2020
Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has released details about the distribution of these 100 portable ICU ventilators among provinces and other parts of Pakistan.
Out of 100 donated ventilators, 13 will be given to Balochistan, 27 to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 23 to Punjab, 26 to Sindh, 6 to Azad Kashmir and 5 to Gilgit-Baltistan.
The NDMA has also released a list of hospitals for the installation of these ventilators. The list of hospitals has been compiled in consultation with the provincial governments.