USAID donates 1 million antigen rapid diagnostic test kits to Pakistan.


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has received a consignment of 1 million COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test (Ag-RDT) kits, donated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The donation was formally given to Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Health, during a ceremony in Islamabad.

Dr Sultan thanked USAID for donating Ag-RDT kits and said the US effort reflected “warm relations between the two countries”.

In her address, USAID Mission Director Julie Quinn said the donated equipment would meet Pakistan’s immediate monitoring and evaluation needs, as well as limiting the spread of the corona virus in the country to the lowest levels.

An American mobile aircraft carrying Ag-RDT kits has been sent to Pakistan to help the country diagnose the disease quickly as the country is battling a dangerous surge in cases.

Pakistan has so far received more than 40 40 million in aid, including medical and technical equipment, as well as in response to the outbreak of the epidemic in the country.

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