USA boosts Rwanda COVID-19 response efforts with 100 medical ventilators

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 31 July 2020 at 10:13

The United States Government, through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated 100 new state-of-the-art ventilators to Rwanda to fight against the spread of COVID-19. The donation delivers on president Trump’s generous offer of critically needed medical equipment and supports Rwanda’s response to the pandemic.

These 100 Zoll Portable Critical Care ventilators, manufactured in the United States, are leading-edge and in-demand technology to help COVID-19 patients to breathe.

They give Rwanda a powerful tool to treat critically ill patients affected by the virus and can be operated invasively or non-invasively. For patients whose lungs are not working adequately due to COVID-19 or other severe respiratory illnesses, this equipment will be lifesaving.

According to Peter Vrooman, the US ambassador to Rwanda, the ventilators are valued at over Rwf1 billion, and will be accompanied with training to assist local doctors and nurses deploy them effectively should critically ill patients require them.

“The USAID will work closely with Minister Ngamije, the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) officials here in Kigali and medical professionals in the provinces to ensure the ventilators are quickly distributed to medical facilities throughout Rwanda,” he said “We are also working together to ensure medical personnel receive the necessary technical training to safely operate and maintain the devices.”

Dr. Daniel Ngamije, the Minister of Health said that for patients whose lungs are not working adequately due to Covid-19 or other severe respiratory illnesses, this equipment will be life-saving.

“They will be distributed in Covid-19 treatment centers to save lives, they will complement the existing efforts to treat patients. This is an immense contribution during unprecedented moments,” Dr. Ngamije said.

“The ventilators will be distributed in four Covid-19 treatment centers and 10 government hospitals across the country, we shall make sure that they are distributed and installed as soon as possible to be used,” Dr. Ngamije further said.

“These ventilators are critical to Rwanda’s response to Covid-19. They will save many lives and have been made specifically for Rwanda. We shall continue to work with USAID and Rwanda biomedical center (RBC) to make sure that they are distributed.”

Ngamije thanked President Donald Trump for his generosity and support to the Rwandan people in the fight.

Ambassador Peter Vrooman says his country will continue to work with Rwanda in the fight against COVID-19
Ngamije thanked President Donald Trump for his generosity and support to the Rwandan people in the fight.

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