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Covid-19: US assistance for prison authorities

  • Published at 03:13 pm August 10th, 2020
US ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller handed over personal protective equipment to Inspector General of Prisons Brigadier General AKM Mustafa Kamal Pasha on Monday, August 10, 2020 Focus Bangla

The delivered equipment includes reusable cloth masks, full hazardous materials suits and surgical gloves

The United States has provided essential personal protective equipment to the Bangladesh Prison Directorate to fight the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

US ambassador to Bangladesh, Earl Miller, and his team handed over the equipment to Inspector General Prisons, Brigadier General AKM Mustafa Kamal Pasha, on Monday.

This has been a part of continued US support for Bangladesh’s Covid-19 response efforts, according to the US embassy in Dhaka.

It was the sixth in a series of planned PPE distributions from the United States to Bangladesh.

The equipment delivered includes 10,000 reusable cloth masks, 200 full hazardous materials suits, 50 KN95 surgical masks, 660 200-milliliter bottles of hand sanitizer, 11,000 pairs of surgical gloves, 25 Kg of powdered bleach, 2 disinfectant backpack sprayers, 100 face shields, and 10 infrared thermometers.

All the materials have been purchased locally from Bangladeshi companies. 

To date, the US, through multiple agencies, has provided over $56.5 million in aid to combat Covid-19 in Bangladesh.  

The Bangladesh Prison Directorate is a critical partner in safeguarding a vulnerable population against Covid-19 and in Bangladesh’s response against the deadly disease.

This PPE donation helps ensure prison officers remain protected while they promote the safety and security of all people living in Bangladesh.

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