PESHAWAR: The United States Government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), in cooperation with Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), has donated a shipment of 100 brand-new, state-of-the-art ventilators to support Pakistan in its fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The ventilators arrived in Karachi on July 2 and will be deployed in hospitals across Pakistan, says a press release.

This donation delivers on US President Donald Trump’s generous offer of these critically needed supplies and supports Pakistan’s urgent response to the pandemic.

Made in America, the ventilators are valued at about $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 COVID-19.

Ambassador Paul Jones remarked, “The United States stands with Pakistan in its fight against coronavirus. These American-made ventilators will help Pakistani patients in the most acute need of medical care.”

The US-Pakistan health partnership to fight coronavirus is helping to improve and expand laboratory testing, disease monitoring, case tracking, infection prevention and control, and patient care. “The United States has contributed nearly $27 million in new funding so far to this vital partnership that is growing every day. We are also thankful for Pakistan’s contribution of medical supplies to help fight coronavirus in the United States,” said the ambassador.

KP to get maximum ventilators

The NDMA has released details about the distribution of ventilators donated by the US to fight the pandemic.

The distribution of ventilators has been agreed in consultation with the provincial governments, the Authority said in a tweet. According to the arrangement, KP will get 27 ventilators, Balochistan will get 13, Punjab will get 23, Sindh will get 26 Azad Jammu and Kashmir will get six and Gilgit-Baltistan will get five.

The NDMA has also shared the list of hospitals in respective provinces, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan which will receive the ventilators. Hospitals in Pakistan are in dire need of ventilators as these are needed for serious patients of coronavirus who face respiratory problems. The provision of 100 ventilators provided by the US will boost the capacity of hospitals to fight the disease.