Haiti – COVID-19 : Donation of 50 oxygen concentrators from the United States
U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Nicole Theriot stated: “The U.S. donation of these 50 new oxygen concentrators to Haiti reaffirms our commitment to helping Haiti cope with the global COVID-19 pandemic. The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $18 million to support the provision of medical oxygen to 11 countries, including Haiti, in the global fight against COVID-19.”
Lety’s remind that these concentrators will play a vital role in caring for critically ill COVID-19 patients requiring medical oxygen. Oxygen concentrators provide an economical source of oxygen in countries where the production of industrial medical oxygen cannot keep up with demand. An oxygen concentrator takes in the air we breathe and removes nitrogen from it, delivering a steady and unlimited supply of oxygen-enriched gas. Unlike medical oxygen tanks, these concentrators do not require any additional infrastructure or refilling, and they are easy to install and operate.
The 50 oxygen concentrators arrived in Haiti and will be dispatched to 16 select hospitals in the coming days. The facilities were chosen in collaboration with the National Coronavirus Response Coordination Unit (CNRC) at the Ministry of Public Health (MSPP) and include hospitals and health clinics in Port-au-Prince and in the Artibonite, Center, North, and South departments.