The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has delivered a shipment of COVID-19 supplies to the Zanzibar Department of Health.
USAID’s Global Health Supply Chain recently purchased respiratory and sanitary supplies worth $ 400,000. The supplies were delivered over the past month to the port of Zanzibar and then to public medical facilities via the central medical store. The shipment includes respiratory equipment such as pulse oximeters, pediatric and adult nasal cannulas, masks; and sanitary supplies such as backpack sprayers and biohazard disposal bags.
Speaking on the delivery of medical equipment, Dr Abdullah S. Ali, Director General of the Zanzibar Ministry of Health, Welfare, Elderly, Gender and Children said: “We believe in relationships partnerships that provide quality health care to the general population. The shipment of the medical supplies received will fill existing gaps in reducing the burden associated with the COVID 19 threat in terms of mortality, morbidity and hospitalizations. ”
The United States government is committed to working side-by-side with all health sector collaborators in Tanzania to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. The United States is the largest contributor to the international response to COVID-19, and over the past year, the United States has committed $ 16.4 million to the response to COVID-19 in Tanzania.
US Ambassador to Tanzania Donald Wright said the US government is happy to partner with the Zanzibar Department of Health to provide these essential supplies.
“Our contribution of $ 400,000 in respiratory support and sanitation supplies is a symbol of our commitment to this partnership, and we look forward to working side-by-side with you and other stakeholders in the fight against COVID- 19 and in our broader efforts to improve global health security, ”he said.
“We also welcome President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s announcement of her intention to establish a working group to study COVID-19 and provide scientific advice on how to respond effectively. In addition, the United States Government hopes that a review of vaccine evidence is part of this process, along with a commitment to improve reporting and data sharing. “
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