US Government provides oxygen support to South Africa


The US Government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing support of $3.5m to the National Department of Health’s oxygen supply, demand, and reticulation strategy.

Led by the NDoH, USAID will work closely with South African oxygen manufacturers, like Afrox (Pyt) Ltd. and Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions South Africa, to increase production by as much as eight times to meet COVID-19 needs.

Announced today, the capital will also help efforts to procure supplies and equipment needed for critical care beds and support emergency preparedness and planning efforts.

As part of its support to the NDoH, USAID is estimating the supplies and equipment required as well as working with engineers to increase hospitals’ capacity for oxygen support to critical care and general ward beds.

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