US hands over 100 ventilators more to India

US hands over 100 ventilators more to India


New Delhi: The US has sent across its second shipment of 100 ventilators to India. “We are very pleased to hand over the final tranche of 100 ventilators to India, fulfilling President Trump’s commitment to provide these critically needed supplies to support India’s pandemic response,” US ambassador Kenneth I Juster said. The first shipment of 100 ventilators reached India on June 14. The ventilators were deployed to support the care of Covid-19 patients at the eight regional All India Institutes of Medical Sciences. As of August 7, a total of 3 million people in India have directly benefited from USAID support, the US embassy said in a press release.

USAID has trained 40,700 health workers on best practices to integrate Covid-19 prevention and risk mitigation into essential health services, 46,000 frontline workers on risk communication and provided 950 health care facilities with support to increase social distancing, infection prevention control and patient management. USAID is working in coordination with the Indian government to enhance the capacity of health facilities using these ventilators by enabling setup, orientation and clinical training for healthcare providers responsible for operating the machines.

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