The OECS Commission is this morning handing over medical equipment to aid in the fight against COVID-19.
The Private Sector Partnership against COVID-19 initiative by the OECS Commission grew from the Sustainable Development Movement 2020 that has at the helm, a rigorous Private Sector Engagement Strategy.
Once the World Health Organisation declared a pandemic on March 11th, 2020, the OECS Commission engaged the region’s private sector in the fight against COVID-19. In two weeks, the Commission mobilized USD 700, 000 to assist Member States.
Two of the first monetary donations received were from Massy Stores and Digicel. Thanks to Massy Stores, the Commission was able to procure five ventilators that have now arrived. Dominica and St. Lucia will each receive two ventilators with St. Vincent and the Grenadines receiving the fifth.
From Digicel’s involvement, about 60, 000 masks were sourced and will be distributed to nine OECS Member States. They are The British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada.