Colombo, Sri Lanka – United States of America decided to provide Maldives with emergency medical equipment in order to aid in combatting COVID-19.
According to a Tweet by the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the country continues to provide support to South Asia in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
The US Agency for International Development’s website (USAID) confirmed that the medical supply to Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan was airlifted.
As per USAID the supply to Maldives included 600 pulse oximeters and 292,000 vital pieces of personal protective equipment to support frontline healthcare workers and people most affected by the current outbreak.
The website also noted that prior to this shipment, USAID had provided, “USD 9.1 million to assist Maldives’ COVID-19 response and recovery, including a donation of 60 ventilators to care for critically ill patients. This assistance has provided life-saving treatments, strengthened clinical care, and mobilized critical supplies to bolster the response and help the country recover.”
Furthermore, USAID revealed that they are coordinating additional supply shipments for South Asia in the coming weeks.