World Health Organization (WHO), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have provided 2 million dollars of medical equipment and supplies to fight against COVID-19 and several other diseases. The commodities, include protective and medical equipment, test kits, medication, oxygen supplies, laptops, and tablets. The supplies are part of the ongoing support from USAID and WHO to end the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future healthcare crises.
Dr. Phayvanh Keopaseuth, vice minister for Health, said as they continue to move forward together, recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and returning to regular life, they must stay safe, and vigilant against the cases, that remain in the community, with events such as the return of tourism and National Games.
Dr. Phayvanh Keopaseuth added that these supplies will help them do just that by safeguarding the health of community members and healthcare workers. Dr. Phayvanh Keopaseuth continued by saying that they thank both WHO and USAID for their ongoing support, and broad assistance for COVID-19 vaccination, and strengthening health protection across the country.
The supplies include 600,000 medical masks, 500,000 pairs of gloves, 289,000 COVID-19 rapid tests, 250,000 surgical gowns, 70 oxygen delivery machines for hospitals, and 206 million litres of medical oxygen, 50 laptops and tablets for enhanced disease surveillance, and 24,000 face shields, as well as other medical equipment.