COVID-19: 300 more ventilators to be procured, says Health Minister

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Health Minister Zahid Maleque, US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller attended a function at Kurmitola General Hospital in Dhaka. US Ambassador handed over 100 ventilators to the health minister. Photo: Courtesy

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Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Sunday said the government has decided to purchase 300 more ventilators to deal coronavirus pandemic.

“Ventilators are very effective medical facilities for critically infected COVID-19 patients… we are mulling procurement of 300 more ventilators at the quickest possible time.”

Health Minister disclosed the information at a function at Kurmitola General Hospital in the city. US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller handed over 100 ventilators to the health minister at the function, reports BSS.

Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Director of Kurmitola General Hospital Brigadier General, senior officials of the health ministry and physicians, among others, were present at the function.

Maleque described the US as a trusted friend and added that both the countries were committed to strengthen existing friendly relations to fight the pandemic.

The US government deserves special appreciation from Bangladesh as the country (USA) is extending its both financial and technical supports to contain the outbreak of the deadly virus.

The US ambassador expressed his gratitude as Bangladesh provided much-needed healthcare equipment — Personal protective equipment (PPE) — to protect the US medical professionals from the pandemic.

He said the US government wants to work with Bangladesh through strengthening existing relations further to handle the deadly disease successfully.