US aids Vietnam with liquid oxygen systems

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide 13 liquid oxygen systems to healthcare facilities across Vietnam to support the care of severe COVID-19 patients.

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on June 12 joined Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan to celebrate the start of the installation of a new liquid oxygen system provided by USAID at the Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi.

The Bach Mai oxygen system is the largest of 13 such systems being provided by USAID to hospitals in the country, the local media reported.

The system is aimed at providing a safe and reliable source of medical oxygen for up to 1,000 patients per day at the hospital.

USAID is also providing related staff training, equipment, and supplies to administer the oxygen, such as high-flow nasal tubing and patient monitors, which allow hospital staff to efficiently track patients’ vital signs and quickly respond to changes in patient conditions.

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said that the United States is proud of Vietnam’s partnership in responding to COVID-19 and enhancing health security.

The new liquid oxygen system is expected to improve the capacity of patient care in Vietnam, said Sherman.

Deputy Minister Thuan highly valued the United States Government for their support and partnership.