The British Virgin Islands has now received more than $1.4 million in medical supplies from the United Kingdom since April, following its latest shipment of 55,000 items into the territory last week.
This is according to a joint media release from the Office of the Governor and the Ministry of Health. It said the shipment included priority items of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks, gowns and gloves.
Governor Augustus Jaspert said the shipment comes at the perfect time when the supplies can be put immediately to use to help the BVI in its fight against COVID-19.
“This timely delivery will reinforce the crucial and greatly valued work being done by the Health Services Authority to tackle the virus. Whilst we all hope and pray for the best, it’s important that we are prepared to respond to COVID-19 and the UK’s support has been integral to our preparations,” he said.
While sharing similar sentiments to the governor, Chief Executive Officer of the BVI Health Services Authority Dr Ronald Georges thanked the UK for their continuous contributions.
Advice and support provided also
In addition to the medical supplies received from the UK, they have also provided the territory with epidemiology advice and support.
According to the aforementioned release, health experts from Public Health England and the BVI Health Services Authority have been working closely to discuss disease management since January.
“For day-to-day support, the UK has established a 24/7 telephone service for medics in BVI to connect with international medical experts for help and support,” the release stated.
Along with the PPEs, the BVI has so far received test kits and swabs, lab and medical equipment, one high-speed PCR testing machine and five ventilators from the UK government.
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