US donates ICU equipment to Maldives

During a drill held by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) regarding Covid-19. | Photo: One Online.

Male’, Maldives – The United States (US) has donated Intensive Care Unit (ICU) equipment worth USD 165,000 to the Health Ministry and the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) on Wednesday as support to the country’s Covid-19 response.

The donation was presented to the Maldivian government by US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina B. Teplitz. This includes 40 oxygen concentrators and associated supplies which were funded by the US Department of Defense. According to the US Embassy, the equipment can be used with the 60 portable critical care ventilators donated by America to Maldives earlier in September, as well as serve as a durable resource for non-COVID related respiratory diseases post-pandemic.

Once more, the United States is finding ways to support Maldivian health care workers in their fight against COVID-19 to safeguard the health of Maldivians.

Ambassador Teplitz

This donation builds on a broader U.S. effort to strengthen the Maldivian health system

In addition to the ICU equipment and 60 ventilators, the US has extended assistance to the Maldivian COVID-19 response efforts on various occasions, including donations of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), a grant of USD 750,000 for support education and communities amid the pandemic, as well as USD 3 million as economic support.

There are currently a total of 13,274 cases of Covid-19 in Maldives of which 629 are active cases, in addition to 12,591 recoveries and 47 deaths.