300 more ventilators to be procured to face COVID-19 pandemic: Maleque

Publish: 8:34 PM, November 15, 2020 | Update: 8:34:PM, November 15, 2020

DHAKA, – Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque today said the government has decided to purchase 300 more ventilators to deal coronavirus pandemic successfully.

“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,” he told 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, an official release said.

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.