Friday 14 August, 2020

People's Republic of China aiding in Caribbeans fight against COVID

 L-R): Dr. Lisa Indar and Dr. Mark Sami of CARPHA, H.E. Song Yumin and Dr. Roshan Parasram, CMO of Trinidad and Tobago at the ceremony. Dr. Joy St. John and Dr. Douglas Slater joined virtually

L-R): Dr. Lisa Indar and Dr. Mark Sami of CARPHA, H.E. Song Yumin and Dr. Roshan Parasram, CMO of Trinidad and Tobago at the ceremony. Dr. Joy St. John and Dr. Douglas Slater joined virtually

The People’s Republic of China has donated medical supplies to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to aid in its fight against COVID-19.

After a meeting which was held virtually on May 12, China provided medical supplies to participating countries and CARPHA.

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Trinidad and Tobago H.E. Song Yumin handed over the medical supplies- 15,000 swab test kits and 30,000 medical face masks- during a ceremony at CARPHA headquarters on Wednesday.

Executive Director of CARPHA Dr Joy St John said COVID-19 remains an unwelcome visitor to the whole world.

She said: “CARICOM countries have largely avoided some of the worse effects of this unwanted guest with some of our countries not having a positive case for two months. The supplies will go a long way in maintaining the hard-earned status of a safe bubble for residents and tourists alike.”

Speaking on behalf of the CARICOM Secretary-General Dr Douglas Slater said the donation comes at a time when the world recognises the importance of international solidarity.

“This is especially so with vulnerable states such as our Small Island Developing States and we are pleased that the People’s Republic of China chose to work with us. The supplies will continue to help us in the Region to continue our success thus far in managing the onslaught of COVID-19. 

This is very important to us and we are all aware that our tourism and travel industry is the lifeblood of several if not all our Member States and in our efforts to return to normal, the donation of supplies will certainly assist us.”

Ambassador Song Yumin said he hopes the supplies would improve CARPHAs ongoing efforts to further enhance the ability to prevent and control the pandemic within the region.

He said: “CARPHA, as the leading health institution in the Region, has worked actively and effectively with CARICOM, the Member States and key partners on public health issues. We are confident that with joint efforts of all parties concerned, the Caribbean region will defeat the disease and return to the normal life at an early date.”

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