The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has expressed support and compliments for the work that St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is doing in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Hon. Luke Browne shared this on Tuesday (Mar. 31) morning, mentioning that he has been in contact with WHO’s chief, most recently corresponding on Monday (Mar. 30) afternoon.
According to Minister Browne, Dr. Ghebreyesus said that the most important thing to do is nip any possible outbreak in the bud through testing, contact tracing and any other necessary actions.
Dr. Ghebreyesus also asked SVG to assist with international work in addressing issues, Browne shared.
Additionally, SVG received a shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on Monday (Mar. 30).
The list of items includes: gowns, N95 masks, goggles and other necessary gear. According to Minister Browne, this is the second shipment from PAHO in 2 weeks.
The health minister has informed that 11 additional samples are scheduled to be sent off for testing of COVID-19 at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) lab Tuesday (Mar. 31) afternoon.
“We will beat this coronavirus pandemic together. This could be our finest hour,” Browne emphasized.