Covid-19: United States sends Mzansi 1 000 ventilators to fight virus

Covid-19: United States sends Mzansi 1 000 ventilators to fight virus

- The United States government has donated 1 000 ventilators and other equipment to South Africa

- This comes as the US Agency for International Development attempts to help the nation overcome Covid-19

- Ventilators remain highly vital pieces of equipment in the battle against the pandemic

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The US government has donated around 1 000 ventilators and other equipment to South Africa in a bid to help bolster the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

These are highly specialised medical equipment which is used in intensive care units. They help support patients whose lungs aren't functioning at the required level, life-saving amid the current pandemic.

With the peak infection period expected to be later this year, critically ill South Africans will need intensive care support and the ventilators will be a massive part of this response.

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Commenting on this critical donation to South Africa, US ambassador Lana Marks commented that:

“For more than a half-century, the United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance. These ventilators are another example of the American spirit of generosity as we battle this virus at home and together abroad with our partner countries.”

The ventilator units are worth R256.6 million, with the accompanying equipment and other costs reaching over $20 million.

The donation came, according to Marks, after Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel both noted the urgent need for the equipment.

These ventilators will be distributed to all intensive care units in hospitals in a bid to bolster the capacity to treat sick South Africans. reported that the United States had committed a sizeable amount of funds to help SA amid the pandemic, with Marks revealing that.

“Altogether, this brings the total US government financial commitment to South Africa’s Covid-19 response to over $41.6 million (R767 million). Additionally, through the US president’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief, the United States is supporting up to 5,400 community healthcare workers to assist with the South African government’s community Covid-19 screening campaign and provide HIV treatment support on the front lines.”

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