The USAID Ingobyi Activity has donated medical equipment to the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) to support the national COVID-19 response.
The donation – which was made possible through financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Monday October 19, 2020 in Kigali- is comprised of various medical equipment that include: 30 Intensive Care Units (ICU) beds, 30 oxygen cylinders, 30 flow meter/high pressure regulators, and 30 infusion pumps.
The donated equipment is valued at approximately 152,206 USD (Rwf148.722.000), and will be used by RBC to enhance the management of severe COVID-19 cases admitted in various COVID-19 treatment centers across the country.
This is the third donation of medical equipment to RBC to support the national response to COVID-19 by USAID Ingobyi Activity.
The first batch of medical equipment comprising 100 digital blood pressure machines, 30 suction machines, and 150 ambu bags in different sizes, valued at $23,502 (Rwf22.938.000) was delivered to the Government on May 15, 2020, while the second delivery comprised 30 patient monitors and 50 laryngoscopes with an estimated value of $ 50717 (Rwf49.500.000) and was delivered on 27th July 2020.
Ingobyi Activity has been supporting the Rwandan COVID-19 response since the beginning of the pandemic in the country earlier this year.
Apart from the donation, USAID Ingobyi Activity is financially supporting the renovation of 3 isolation/ICU facilities that will provide care to severe COVID-19 cases across the country.
USAID Ingobyi Activity is a 5-year project that is implemented by IntraHealth international, working with the Ministry of Health and other partners to improve the quality of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) and malaria services, in a bid to reduce infant and maternal mortality in Rwanda. The Activity builds upon the tremendous gains Rwanda has made in the health sector as well as previous USAID investments in the health sector.