ISLAMABAD – The United States authorities on Thursday donated one other tranche of 100 ventilators to Pakistan to assist fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
US Ambassador to Pakistan Paul W Johns handed over the ventilators to Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Authority (NDMA Chairman Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal.
Talking on the event, the NDMA chairman stated Pakistan had considerably elevated its COVID testing capability to 100,000 exams per day, in addition to upgrading 148 laboratories to conduct PCR exams for overcoming the pandemic.
He stated the US had donated 100 ventilators final month and the mixed value of 200 models was $ 3 million. It additionally included the bundle of coaching to physician and paramedics.
“I’m pleased to receive the ventilators – the token of friendship with the United States of America (USA),” he added.
The ventilators may also be used to offer non-invasive respiratory remedy for sufferers earlier than they grow to be critically in poor health and assist keep away from the necessity for extra excessive care.
As well as, these ventilators can assist deal with numerous different respiratory illnesses exterior of the COVID-19 virus, together with pneumonia and power obstructive pulmonary illness (COPD).
The 100 ventilators given earlier by the US had been distributed amongst hospitals throughout the nation, particularly these which didn’t have the ability of vents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
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“We have increased bed capacity, including oxygenated beds, and ventilators in across the country hospitals, besides establishing quarantine and isolation facility for COVID patients,” he stated.
The NDMA, he added, had additionally helped upgrading the nationwide well being system to efficiently deal with the extra case masses of COVID sufferers.
The authority had supported the business to domestically manufacture medical tools, and provides to complement governments efforts, he stated.
Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal stated the NDMA facilitated constructing the 250-bed Infectious Ailments Remedy Centre in Islamabad in about 100 days, which might be operational quickly.
“These efforts have resulted in successfully containing the spread of COVID-19 in the country,” he added.
The NDMA chairman thanked US Ambassador Paul W Johns and the pinnacle of USAID in Pakistan Ms Julie for making doable the help.
The US ambassador stated each the governments had already expressed their agency resolve to collectively fight 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.”
The US envoy additional stated the US was additionally serving to to improve provincial emergency operation centres. The 2 international locations would defeat the pandemic with joint efforts.