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For coronavirus patients, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) supplied 52 respiratory ventilators to the Sindh government.
The ventilators worth $800,000 were handed over to the provincial government in a ceremony, according to health department officials, and will be installed in six hospitals and Sindh Sindh Rescue and Medical Services throughout the province.
U.S. Consul General in Karachi Robert Silberstein, Sindh Minister of Health and Population Dr. Azra Pechuho, Health Department Secretary Dr. Kazim Jatoi, USAID Director for Sindh and Balochistan James Parys, USAID Health Advisor Dr. Shabir Chandio, Country Director Chemonics International Dr Muhammad Tariq and Dr. Tanweer Hussain of USAID Global Health Supply Chain Programme attended the virtual handing over ceremony.
“Being a long-standing partner, USA is proud to have supported Pakistan and the provincial government of Sindh in this united effort,” the US Consul general said, while addressing participants in the virtual session.
“These compact and easily deployable ventilators will contribute to Pakistan’s overall response to the Covid-19 outbreak by increasing the capacity of Sindh Health Department to provide advanced life support for critical patients,” he added.
The contribution was part of the 200 ventilators provided by the US to Pakistan, which were distributed through the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) collaboration.
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 extreme care. Before they become seriously ill, ventilators can also be used to provide patients with non-invasive ventilation treatment to help prevent the need for severe treatment. Moreover, these ventilators can also treat a variety of other non-COVID-19 respiratory disorders, including pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Dr Tanveer Hussain announced during the ceremony that ventilators will be installed in Karachi Civil Hospital, Sindh Rescue and Medical Services Karachi, Dow University Hospital (OJHA Campus), National Institute of Child Health (NICH), Nipa Infectious Disease Hospital, Dow Dental Hospital Gulistan- e-Johar and Services Hospital Karachi.
“The initiative has been taken following the communication between Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Donald Trump some time ago,” Dr Hussain said, adding that the US government has been supporting Pakistan in various sectors including health and education.
The ceremony was informed that in partnership with health authorities, USAID is also sponsoring the training of doctors and paramedics to operate the ventilators in order to help patients in need.
The collaboration also aims to reinforce and expand laboratory testing, disease surveillance, case tracking, prevention and control of diseases, and patient care across the country.