Aug 07, 2020 News Comments Off on Ministry gets sizeable donation of supplies to boost COVID-19 fight
Director-General of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, on Wednesday evening, handed over a quantity of essential medical supplies to the Ministry of Health.
The items include 5,730 N95 masks, 316,600 surgical masks, 46,250 rapid test COVID-19 kits, 200 overalls and 5,000 gloves.
The handover was done moments after the supplies arrived at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri on a special cargo flight, according to the Ministry of the Presidency.
The supplies were donated to the CDC through a collaborative arrangement with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the World Health Organisation (WHO), Jack Ma Foundation and the United Arab Emirates.
Guyana is one of 14 Caribbean territories to receive these supplies.
The Director-General expressed gratitude for the timely donation and said the CDC has been working over the years to establish a good relationship with local and international partners.
Director of the Materials Management Unit of the Ministry of Public Health, Cecil Jacques, said the items will greatly assist in the protection of local frontline health workers.
“We have seen two doctors so far being tested positive and we would love to assure those health professionals that with these COVID supplies, that there are adequate amounts throughout the duration of their care for those who are at risk,” he said.
Just two days ago, President Dr. Irfaan Ali, had announced that the country will be benefitting from a donation of medical supplies, which will assist in the fight against the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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