Vincentians to return to SVG from BVI today

St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is set to receive support with its response to COVID-19 from several regional and international entities.

Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Hon. Luke Browne, in his “COVID-19 Pandemic and the National Response” daily updates on Wednesday (May. 6), informed that the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is donating US$4,000 for the purchasing of N95 masks, a contribution from CARISECURE of US$15,000 will go towards health and national security items, while the US Southern Command has also pledged $US$15,000 for N95 masks, examination gloves and respirators.

Additionally, Taiwan is donating 4 ventilators and 60,000 face masks as further assistance SVG.

He further stated in the update, that the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday (May. 4) that one of the best tools in the fight against COVID-19 is also one of the most basic: clean hands.

“The Director General went on to say that the simple act of cleaning hands can be the difference between life and death, and remains one of the most important public health measures for protecting individuals, families and communities against COVID-19 – and many other diseases,” Browne posted.

Separately, Minister Browne informed that a flight with Vincentians returning from the British Virgin Islands is expected to arrive at the Argyle Intentional Airport on Wednesday (May. 6) afternoon.