The Bank of Asia has donated more than 10,000 medical supplies to the government of the Virgin Islands to aid their fight against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
A media release from the Ministry of Health said the items included medical N95 masks, isolation gowns, gloves, eye-protective equipment and thermometres.
Chairman of the Tortola stationed bank Carson Wen, said with the advent of supplies becoming rarer as COVID-19 continues to impact economies across the globe, it was only fitting that the bank assists the BVI in getting some well-needed items.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is now a global crisis. Medical supplies have become very difficult to source as the export has been banned by many countries facing the spread of COVID-19 domestically,” Wen said.
“Bank of Asia has worked hard to find these materials of donation. The first shipment of masks has arrived in the BVI and the remainder will follow in coordination with the Government of the Virgin Islands,” he added.
Continue to practice proper sanitary measures
Meanwhile, Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Carvin Malone thanked Bank of Asia for the donation and urged residents to continue to practice the instructed sanitary measures daily to help contain the spread of the virus.
He said: “We advised you to wipe surfaces, wash your hands, use hand sanitizers, avoid touching your face, cough in your folded elbow and if you use disposable napkins you have to apply the one-use theory and throw out and use another.”
Minister Malone further advised residents to self-quarantine within their homes if they begin to show any symptoms related to COVID-19.
To date, the BVI has three confirmed cases and 143 persons of interest who are self-quarantined at home.
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