Five Bangladeshi American doctors have sent 250 portable intensive care unit (ICU) ventilators at the call of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carried the ventilators from India with the support of the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi, Prime Minister's Deputy Press Secretary Hasan Jahid Tusher wrote on his Facebook page.
The ventilators provided by a voluntary organization of Bengali doctors based in the United States come to India under the supervision of an organization based in Bangalore, India, said the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.
The ventilators were stored in a warehouse of the company in Delhi.
At the direction of the government, the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi received the ventilators from the Indian company after paying the incidental expenses.
After completing the customs and other airport formalities through a clearing and forwarding agency appointed by the High Commission, the ventilators arrived in Dhaka on a special cargo flight of Bangladesh Biman without any fare.
At the airport, in the presence of Foreign Secretary Masud bin Momen and Health Services Secretary Lokman Hossain Miah, the Prime Minister's personal physician Prof. Dr. ABM Abdullah received the ventilators.
Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi, on behalf of the government of Bangladesh, paid 25 lakh rupees for tax and relevant expenses to send the ventilators to Dhaka, Shaban Mahmood, Minister (Press) at the High Commission told UNB.