On February 10, U.S Embassy Conakry through its Office of Defense Cooperation donated medical personal protective equipment (PPE) worth $75,000 to the Guinean Ministry of Health to support their efforts in the fight against COVID-19 while upkeeping the maintenance of routine quality health care services.
This donation of medical PPE, which includes disposable protective suits, disposable waterproof aprons, disposable medical-grade rubber gloves, and N-95 and other disposable face masks is part of the continuous support of the U.S Department of Defense to the Government of Guinea to combat infectious diseases through programs such as the Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency mobile diagnostic laboratory.
During his remarks, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Steven Koutsis reiterated the U.S Government’s commitment to working closely with the Guinean government and people of Guinea in their fight against COVID-19. The Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. said “I would like to express my most sincere hope for the continuation of the partnership between the United States of America and the Republic of Guinea in the field of health, and also note that we must continue to be vigilant while respecting social distancing measures and protect health workers by equipping them with the equipment they need to continue services and break down community transmission.”
The handover ceremony was attended by the U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires a.i Steven Koutsis and the Guinean Ministry of Health Brigadier General Remy Lamah. Other USG representatives also present at the event were Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché LTC Edwin Brinkley and Public Affairs Officer Gaïna Dávila. Minister of Health BG Remy Lamah received the donation on behalf of the Guinean government.