Friday 29 May, 2020

PAHO: The region can learn from the COVID-19 response in Barbados

Barbados has been praised for work it has done to help its Caribbean neighbours battling the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Director of Health Emergencies Dr Ciro Ugarte said Barbados’ COVID-19 response team is a model for others to emulate.

“Barbados has established an emergency medical team. And it is something we are looking to strengthen in terms of having that capacity also at the service of other countries in the Caribbean. I think this is a good approach but also it shows the solidarity the Caribbean has also shown the region,” Ugarte said.

Barbados has been housing citizens from several of its neighbours most notably 35 Trinidad and Tobago nationals, who are stranded on the island after the T&T Government closed its borders to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Despite the good work done by Caribbean nations, he noted countries continue to face difficulties to purchase and access personal protection equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 test kits.

Meanwhile, Ugarte revealed most of the COVID-19 cases in the Caribbean were imported or categorised as local transmission.

 Only the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico have reported cases of community spread.

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