WASHINGTON: The US government has airlifted emergency medical supplies to Pakistan, the Maldives and Sri Lanka to stop the spread of Covid-19, the State Department said on Friday.
The supplies, managed by the US Agency for International Development, are part of a programme to “help save lives” by meeting urgent health needs across South Asia, the State Department’s spokesperson Ned Price said at a news briefing in Washington.
In Sri Lanka, this assistance includes 880,000 vital pieces of PPEs and 1,200 pulse oximeters to support frontline healthcare workers and others most affected by the current outbreak.
In Pakistan, this flight will bring 1,200 pulse oximeters, and 340,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for healthcare professionals.
In the Maldives, this emergency assistance will provide 600 pulse oximeters and 292,000 vital pieces of PPEs to support frontline healthcare workers and people most affected by the current outbreak.