The U.S. Government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), has committed USD 18 million to support the provision of medical oxygen for COVID-19 treatment to 11 countries including Kenya, Afghanistan and others.
A statement released by the Department of State in Washington on Tuesday named the other countries as Bolivia, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mozambique, Perú, and Tajikistan.
“Supplemental oxygen is an essential, life-saving treatment for people ill with COVID-19. The funds announced will purchase and distribute oxygen-generating equipment and related consumables and durables, and finance technical assistance to train health-care workers to use them,” said part of the statement.
The latest leading-edge equipment, technology, and assistance provided by this funding builds upon the more than USD 1.6 billion the U.S. Department of State and USAID have already committed to the global fight against the novel coronavirus.
“Through an All-of-America approach, the United States will provide the USD 18 million in new funding for oxygen during Fiscal Year 2021 in coordination with host-country governments and other key stakeholders to promote the sustainability of this investment,” added the statement.
Kenya is the most affected country in the East African region with 71,729 cases and 1,302 deaths registered as of November 16, 2020 compared to Uganda’s 16,257 cases and 150 deaths. Democratic Republic of Congo has registered 11,866 COVID-19 cases and 320 deaths while Tanzania has no statistics.