US Deputy Chief of Mission Andrew Schofer expressed the importance of the event, stating, “It is an honor to be here today. In partnership with Pakistan, we continue to make strategic investments to improve Pakistan’s healthcare system, especially in Punjab.” He handed over $2 million worth of oxygen commodities to 37 hospitals in Punjab at a ceremony in Lahore.
The delivered support enhances hospitals’ capacity to provide oxygen therapy to patients with COVID-19 and other lung conditions. In addition, seven USAID-donated refrigeration trucks were provided, which can transport vaccines from the provincial warehouse to district and sub-district stores and be used for emergency vaccine storage.
Over the past two years, the United States has collaborated with the Government of Punjab on various health initiatives, including the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The US government contributed 46 ventilators to 13 hospitals and provided training to 142 health workers on new equipment. Various medical supplies, including personal protective equipment, rapid antigen tests, and a mobile biosafety laboratory, were also delivered.
These efforts not only addressed immediate COVID-19 needs but also served as long-term investments in Punjab’s healthcare system. Schofer thanked the Punjab Caretaker Health Minister of Primary and Secondary Health for their commitment and partnership, emphasizing the United States’ dedication to strengthening its partnership with healthcare providers in Punjab.