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Uzbekistan|health|July 30, 2020 / 02:14 PM
US donates $902,000 worth of laboratory equipment and supplies to Uzbekistan

AKIPRESS.COM - The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) donated $902,000 worth of medical and laboratory equipment and supplies to Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Health, the U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan reported.

The donated items will allow the country to conduct 25,000 COVID-19 tests, using advanced Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) equipment.

This technology detects the presence of viral DNA, which is present in the body before a person is symptomatic, enabling public health authorities to isolate the patient very early and break the chain of transmission, vital to ending the pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is our common foe and common responsibility. This latest assistance builds on the U.S. Government’s long-standing commitment to help Uzbekistan better respond to public health threats. This partnership started long before the current epidemic and will continue after it is over,” stated Charge d’Affaires a.i. Alan Meltzer.

The latest donation was part of $2.07 million pledged by CDC to support the Ministry of Health in its COVID-19 response.

CDC offered Uzbekistan support in establishing a public health emergency operations center, improving health screening at ports of entry, providing online consultations in clinical and laboratory surveillance, data management, and contact tracing during the outbreak.

The U.S. Government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided an additional nearly $4.2 million in medical, laboratory, and technical assistance, making for a total U.S. contribution to Uzbekistan’s efforts to fight COVID-19 of over $6 million to date.

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