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PAHO donates $1M for hospital, clinics, elderly homes

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The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) yesterday promised $1 million United States currency to the British Virgin Islands.

The funds will be used to support the health response in the territory, which was badly knocked by two category 5 hurricanes nearly two months ago, said the Ministry of Health.

“The money will be used to purchase vehicles for the Environmental Health Unit, medical consumables specifically for hospitals, clinics and elderly homes, and pharmaceuticals.”

“The PAHO funds will also be used to conduct repairs to Adina Donovan Home for the Elderly, the Virgin Gorda Elderly Home, and clinics that experienced minor damage,” added the ministry.

The internationally-recognised health organization pledged the million-dollar sum after visiting the territory yesterday and meeting with Minister of Health Ronnie Skelton; Director of the National Emergency Operations Centre, Sharleen DaBreo; as well as other local officials.

The money has come at a time when there has been increased questions about how and from whom the government will source funds to continue recovery efforts.

Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr Orlando Smith stated last week that government was not ruling out the possibility of a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The IMF is known for its strict loan conditions and, among other things, dictating how borrowing countries govern their respective nations while the loan is being repaid.

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