RIGA - The United States European Command in cooperation with U.S. Embassy Riga has donated hand and surface sanitizers to the Latvian Emergency Medical Service, the embassy informed LETA.
Last Friday, U.S. Ambassador to Latvia John Carwile presented Latvian State Emergency Medical Service with 3,660 liters of hand and surface sanitizers totaling USD 15,000 and produced by the Latvian company Spodriba. Director of the State Emergency Medical Services Liene Cipule accepted the donation on behalf of the Latvian government.
The U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation worked with the Latvian Ministry of Health and the Emergency Medical Service to implement this U.S. European Command Civic Engagement funded project of USD 15,000 in donated medical sanitizers. The hand and surface sanitizers will be used to protect patients and medical staff at mobile COVID-19 testing sites, Emergency Medical Service's dispatch centers, and in emergency vehicles.
This donation of hand and surface sanitizers is the fifth Civic Engagement project implemented by the U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation and the Emergency Medical Service. Since 2014, as part of this program, three Emergency Medical Service dispatch centers in Riga and Kuldiga were renovated, and 132 full-face protection masks were donated that provide respiratory tract protection from hazardous chemical substances and highly infectious diseases.
In addition to the Emergency Medical Service projects, the U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation works closely with other governmental organizations such as the State Fire and Rescue Service, regional municipalities, schools, senior citizen homes, and orphanages. Since 2007, the U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation has completed more than 45 individual projects totaling more than USD 10 million in direct investment to the local economy as a result of using local vendors, the embassy's representatives said.