Coronavirus: The US provides 20 ventilators to Zimbabwe to respond to COVID-19

The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), donated 20 new state-of-the-art ventilators to Solidarity Trust Zimbabwe to help Zimbabweans fight the problems of COVID-19. “Too many Zimbabweans have already died from COVID-19. We offer our deepest condolences to all who have lost loved ones. We are pleased to provide 20 ventilators that complement Zimbabwe’s efforts to fight COVID-19 and demonstrate the United States’ continued commitment to assist the people of Zimbabwe through this crisis and beyond, “said Ambassador Brian A. Nichols during the transfer. The fans made in the USA reflect advanced technology that is tailored to the needs and requirements of Zimbabwe. Its compact and easy-to-implement design gives healthcare professionals flexibility in treating patients affected by the virus. Ventilators can save lives with respiratory illness caused by COVID-19. In addition to the ventilators, we have provided a bespoke support package that includes installation, healthcare staff training and a one-year service contract for regular maintenance. This donation brings the United States’ response to the Zimbabwe pandemic to more than $ 20 million. It builds on previous investments to strengthen clinical care, spread health messages, increase laboratory capacity and improve disease surveillance and humanitarian aid delivery. In Zimbabwe, the United States has provided US $ 3.5 billion in aid since 1980, including US $ 1.2 billion in health care assistance for diseases such as HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.