U.S. Embassy Provides COVID-19 Response Equipment to Dhaka Metropolitan Police Gulshan Crime Division

U.S. Embassy Dhaka distributed personal protective equipment (PPE) to Dhaka Metropolitan Police Gulshan Crime Division in support of Government of Bangladesh COVID-19 response efforts. 

DHAKA, November 19, 2020 – Today, United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller and Embassy representatives of the Diplomatic Security Service Regional Security Office provided essential personal protective equipment (PPE) to Shudip Kumar Chakraborty, the Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Gulshan Crime Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) as part of continued U.S. support for Bangladesh’s COVID-19 response efforts. Today’s distribution are the latest in a series of PPE donations from the U.S. Embassy.  To date, the United States, through the Departments of State, Defense, and Agriculture; USAID; and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has provided more than $68.7 million in aid to combat the novel coronavirus in Bangladesh.

The U.S. Embassy Dhaka-provided equipment includes 2,000 washable face masks, 450 250-milliliter bottles of medical-grade hand sanitizer, and 1,000 face shields, which the United States purchased locally from Bangladeshi companies.

Group photo (Embassy Image)

The Gulshan Crime Division is on the frontline of defense against COVID-19.  It plays a key role in Bangladesh’s COVID-19 response as it implements Ministry of Health (MoH) health initiatives and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  This PPE donation helps protect police in their role as first responders, safeguarding communities and people living in Bangladesh.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. government, through the Department of State and USAID alone, has committed more than $1.6 billion worldwide in emergency health, humanitarian, economic, and development assistance specifically aimed at helping governments, international organizations, and NGOs fight the pandemic.  U.S. Embassy Dhaka is providing assistance to organizations throughout Bangladesh, building on more than $1 billion in health assistance delivered to Bangladesh over the past 20 years.  This funding emphasizes the long-term U.S. commitment to helping ensure access for all people in Bangladesh to quality, lifesaving healthcare.

U.S. Embassy Dhaka is proud to donate this essential PPE to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police Gulshan Crime Division, who are working tirelessly to protect local communities from the spread of COVID-19.  The Dhaka Metropolitan Police Gulshan Crime Division and other law enforcement personnel, together with health care workers, customs officials, people who work in grocery stores and pharmacies, journalists, and volunteer organizations perform remarkable acts of service every day; they are genuine heroes.  The United States remains committed to working in partnership alongside Bangladesh to fight this pandemic and to further strengthening our countries’ already deep ties.