On March 22, 2021, emergency supplies in the form of facial masks and Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) was handed over to the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Conference Room.
The donation was made by Vincentians living in the USA through two USA-based organization – SVG Relief Inc. and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Disaster Relief Platform (SVG-DRIP). Senator the Hon. Keisal Peters, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade handed over the items to Hon. Jimmy Prince, Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment.
Ms. Fern Dopwell, Member Representative Liaison for SVG Relief Inc. was in attendance to bring brief remarks on behalf of SVG Relief Inc. and give the assurance that the organization will continue its efforts to seek opportunities to assist their fellowmen in SVG. The Minister of Health, Hon. Jimmy Prince thanked Ms. Dopwell and the SVG Relief Inc and SVG DRIP for their generous donation.
Minister Prince in his remarks also highlighted other organizations that have assisted during the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by providing emergency supplies and reassured the public that the health centers are properly equipped with facial masks and PPEs needed for the safety of our health workers.
Hon. Minister Peters also in her remarks thanked our Embassies and Consulates, the Vincentian Diaspora groups (SVG Relief Inc. and SVG-DTRIP), Mr. Keith Boyea of Amerijet for providing the financial support needed to ensure that the emergency supplies arrived here in SVG.
Mr. Fessy Yorke of Standard Shippers NY for storage and shipping of the items and other partnering organizations on the SVG Joint Relief Effort such as the SVG CARICON-SVG, National Council of SVG Associations UK, SVG Relief Inc. USA and SVG Central Florida Organization Inc for making this initiative a success.
Minister Peters reminded that in unprecedented times like this, it is important for the Vincentian Diaspora and our respective Embassies and Consulates to work closely together to ensure that projects such as these in the midst of a crisis can assist us here in SVG. Minister Peters further reiterated the call of Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Ralph E. Gonsalves to “Be Our Brother’s Keeper” now more than ever.
The donation of 50,000 masks and PPEs from the SVG Relief Inc. and SVGDRIP handed over to the Ministry of Health will add to the safety net in protecting citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The donation includes: 39,200 surgical (3 ply) face masks, 2,450 KN95 masks, 10,420 kids masks, 300 N95 face masks, 5,500 gloves, 792 face shields, 400 shoe covers, and 100 caps.