US Embassy Dhaka coordinated with the National Board of Revenue to distribute the PPEs to the Customs Department
The US Embassy has provided masks and personal protective equipment to the Bangladesh customs department in an attempt to help the officials working there tackle the pandemic.
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller and representatives of the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service handed over essential PPE on Wednesday to National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem, said the US embassy in a press release.
To date, the US government has provided nearly $37 million to complement the Government of Bangladesh's ongoing efforts to prepare and respond to the spread of Covid-19.
The US Embassy Dhaka donated 1,500 masks and PPE which the NBR will distribute to Customs inspectors and workers to protect these brave men and women against the spread of Covid-19.
The PPE will enable the Customs Department to continue performing their critical work of processing import and export clearances at the country's six Customs Houses, including Chattogram and Mongla Customs House.
The US Embassy Dhaka has continued working in close partnership with the Government of Bangladesh on a range of programs to identify and alleviate critical medical shortages across the country, including on the distribution of PPE and other medical supplies to Bangladesh first responders and designated Covid-19 medical treatment facilities.
Wednesday's delivery of the US funded, locally produced PPE is one of many Embassy initiatives that has demonstrated the United States' continuing commitment to the Bangladeshi people, to promoting mutual understanding and trade between the two countries, and to a strong partnership in ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
The US Embassy Dhaka donated this essential PPE to Customs Department officials working to ensure the supply of critical goods, including food and agricultural products.
This donation is in addition to other donations from the US Embassy, including recent donations to Kamalapur Railway General Hospital and Bangladesh's Fire Service and Civil Defence.
Bangladesh's Customs officials and other key staff are critical frontline personnel to ensure the country's food supply. They together with health care workers, first responders, and people who work in grocery stores and pharmacies perform remarkable acts of service every day.