The US-Bangladesh Business Council, in collaboration with the US NGO Project CURE, donated essential medical supplies to Dhaka to help strengthen the country’s fight against Covid-19.
The donation includes 60 oxygen concentrators, variable positive air pressure units and other oxygen supplies, as well as device accessories, including 45,000 pieces of personal protective equipment, including KN95 masks and N95, for coronavirus patients in medical schools nationwide.
In the coming weeks, the council will mobilize additional medical supplies, including a delivery of 100 emergency relief beds, the United States Embassy in Dhaka said in a statement.
U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jo Anne Wagner and representatives of the US-Bangladesh Business Council joined officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Health Services Branch in welcoming the delivery special essential medical supplies.
The initiative was taken by members of the US-Bangladesh Business Council Chevron, Excelerate Energy, Metlife and HSBC Bangladesh with the support and coordination of the US Embassy in Dhaka, US Agency for international development, the Bangladeshi Embassy in Washington DC, the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry. and the Bangladesh Health Services Branch.
Chargé d’affaires Wagner said they must and will continue to use their collective resources to fight this pandemic together to protect health and save precious lives.
Wagner said she was proud to see American business leaders coming together as invaluable partners with this generous gift meant to help meet the critical health needs of the Bangladeshi people.
“Board members have come together to support our friends and partners in Bangladesh to fight the outbreak of the pandemic with emergency supplies of medical equipment which we hope can provide life-saving care,” Nisha said. Biswal, President of the US-Bangladesh Business Council.
She said the strong partnership between the Council and its members, the CURE project, the US and Bangladeshi governments, demonstrates timely support and a strong friendship between the two countries in times of need.
Jay R Pryor, vice president of business development at Chevron and chairman of the US-Bangladesh Business Council, said throughout the pandemic that the company has been working hard to continue to provide the energy the people of Bangladesh need. to overcome the humanitarian and economic challenges of the virus.
“The American business community, under the leadership of the US-Bangladesh Business Council, is ready to support the people of Bangladesh during this extraordinary crisis,” Pryor said, adding that “by working together we will come out of this crisis ready to embrace a hopeful future ”.
Steven Kobos, President and CEO of Excelerate Energy and Board Member of the US-Bangladesh Business Council, said: “The health and safety of our employees and local communities in Bangladesh is our priority. absolute, because Excelerate Energy continues to provide safe, secure, and reliable energy for the country.
“We are pleased that our MetLife Foundation is able to provide this much needed medical equipment as part of our ongoing work to help Bangladeshi people have peace of mind in the face of lingering uncertainty,” said Elena Butarova, vice president Principal of MetLife and Board Member of the US-Bangladesh Business Council.
HSBC Bangladesh CEO Md Mahbub Ur Rahman said, “We have worked to reach over 100,000 people with food, medical supplies and livelihood support across Bangladesh. I hope this medical relief with our partners is timely in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and HSBC is happy to be a part of this humble initiative.
Douglas Jackson, president and CEO of Project CURE, the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies, said the supplies will be important tools to help local healthcare professionals as they work tirelessly to serve their communities and offer health and hope.