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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

US donates tools for Jamaica’s COVID response

The US Authorities, by means of the US Company for Worldwide Growth (USAID), final Friday, delivered its fourth tranche of emergency tools to the Ministry of Well being and Wellness (MOHW) to help the Authorities of Jamaica’s (GOJ) response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This help, applied by means of the Pan American Well being Organisation (PAHO), is a part of the US$2 million in help USAID is offering in the direction of serving to Jamaica combat the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“It’s evident that what impacts one impacts all. The US, by means of USAID, values Jamaica as our neighbour, companion, and pal, and we’ll proceed to help the federal government and other people of this nation in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve stated earlier than and can say once more, that we stay dedicated to serving to Jamaica by offering focused help to assist and strengthen life-saving help, not solely in well being care but additionally to mitigate in opposition to the affect of pure disasters,” stated US Chargé d’Affaires, John McIntyre. 

“PAHO is happy to have the ability to companion with USAID to obtain these much-needed important gadgets recognized by the Ministry of Well being and Wellness, to scale up Jamaica’s COVID-19 response. While COVID-19 is in contrast to something we now have beforehand confronted, I consider that collectively we will overcome this frequent menace with nationwide unity and international solidarity. I stay up for our continued partnership and cooperation,” stated Dr Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, PAHO/WHO Consultant for Jamaica, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands. 

The fourth handover is a part of a sequence of transfers of important tools to the GOJ and provides to the in depth checklist the US authorities has donated in response to the COVID- 19 pandemic inside the final yr. 

Minister of Well being and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton stated “The Ministry of Well being & Wellness is grateful for the continued help and partnership with the US authorities and PAHO. This pandemic has additional strengthened and proven the dedication of our worldwide companions and we now have all the time emphasised the significance of partnership in public well being, as a measure of success and to which part of our success will be attributed to.” 

The tools bolsters the Authorities of Jamaica’s COVID-19 emergency response and instantly aids actions which might be very important to serving to stem the challenges. 

This help builds upon USAID’s investments of almost US$87 million in well being and almost US$619 million whole over the previous 20 years for Jamaica. 

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