EU donates medical supplies valued at J$80M

May 21, 2020
Some of the equipment that was donated to the Ministry of Health and Wellness by the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, on Wednesday, to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Some of the equipment that was donated to the Ministry of Health and Wellness by the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, on Wednesday, to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Jamaica's health system has been further boosted to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through a donation of equipment valued at approximately J$80 million (EU535,000) from the European Union (EU).

The items, which include patient monitors, infusion pumps, defibrillators, and intensive care unit beds, were provided under the EU-funded Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality.

The donation follows a previous contribution in April when the Government received 29 ventilators valued at approximately J$149 million (EU1 million) from the EU, to support patients in intensive care in hospitals and to treat those infected with COVID-19.

Child and maternal care

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, said that the items would help in boosting the country's COVID-19 response in the first instance, and significantly enhance child and maternal care in Jamaica.

The handover ceremony was held yesterday at Medical Link Limited in St Andrew.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, said that the donation of the medical supplies is a tangible indication of the EU's support to Jamaica.

She noted that the health sector "is being provided with relevant equipment to tackle COVID and also to meet needs after COVID, ensuring that our maternal and child mortality are supported as best as possible".

Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, said there is an agreement with the Government to utilise the equipment in the country's fight against the COVID-19 and when the pandemic is under control, it will go back to its original use in support of maternal and child health.

She lauded the Government's handling of the COVID-19 crisis, noting that containment of the virus is being done in "an impressive way".

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