BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided state-of-the-art equipment to leading hospitals in the Kyrgyz Republic that will strengthen their capacity to diagnose COVID-19 and other communicable diseases and prevent their spread. This assistance is a part of USAID’s ongoing support to the country’s response to COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Minister of Health Nuriyla Sherieva presided over today’s handover ceremony.
The National Hospital of the Kyrgyz Republic received a high-tech mobile video bronchoscope to more efficiently and effectively examine patients’ airways and lungs. The Chuy Oblast Hospital received a mobile x-ray machine to diagnose patients and ensure their safety and comfort. In addition, Osh City Hospital now has special disinfection chambers to sanitize bed sheets, and other belongings, which will contribute to controlling the spread of disease. The total value of the equipment is 15 million KGS ($190,000).
“This equipment will support the Kyrgyz Republic’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and contribute to strengthening the overall capacity of our country’s health system” said Deputy Minister of Health of Kyrgyzstan Nuriyla Sherieva.
Kaya Adams, USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Mission Director, noted “In addition to providing necessary technology, our programs also focus on equipping health care professionals with the right knowledge and skills. We continue to work with the Ministry of Health on training hundreds of doctors, nurses, and other personnel across the country”.
“Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, USAID has provided more than $10 million to help the Kyrgyz Republic fight the pandemic. This includes $1.4 million in medical equipment to care for COVID-19 patients, such as oxygen concentrators and laboratory testing equipment. This equipment strengthens Kyrgyz capacity to identify and treat not only COVID-19, but a range of infectious diseases”.
This assistance is provided under USAID’s Local Health Systems Strengthening program.