US Provides Ventilators to Indonesia to Battle Covid-19 Pandemic

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 29 Juli 2020 12:21 WIB
    US Provides Ventilators to Indonesia to Battle Covid-19 Pandemic
    The donated ventilators reflect cutting-edge and in-demand technology. (Photo: State Dept/Budi Sudarmo)
    Jakarta: The US Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated 100 brand-new, state-of-the-art ventilators to Indonesia to assist its fight against covid-19. 

    The donation delivers on President Trump’s generous offer of these critically needed supplies and supports Indonesia’s urgent response to the pandemic.

    “Even as the US is battling covid-19 back home, we remain committed to cooperating with Indonesia, including on the provision of ventilators and testing equipment. We enjoy great cooperation with the Indonesian government in the health sector– including on disease prevention, diagnostics, and capacity building– through USAID, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US businesses, and other partners,” said US Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Heather Variava in a media release on Tuesday.

    Witnessed by Indonesia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Variava symbolically handed over the ventilators to Indonesia’s Ministry of Health Secretary General Oscar Primadi at a ceremony on Tuesday in Jakarta.

    The donated ventilators reflect cutting-edge and in-demand technology. They are compact and deployable and can support both invasive and non-invasive applications. The US Government assistance provided includes accompanying equipment, warranties, and shipping. 

    Along with the ventilators, the US, through USAID, will fund training for health workers using the equipment along with standard operating procedures and maintenance so that hospitals can help more patients recover. 

    Beyond this donation, US emergency assistance to support Indonesia’s fight against covid-19 totals approximately $11 million.

    Over the past 20 years, USAID has invested over $1 billion into Indonesia’s health sector, building a strong foundation for a more effective covid-19 response. 


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