On Friday April 30, 2021, the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), delivered its fourth tranche of emergency equipment to the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) to support the Government of Jamaica’s (GOJ) response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This support, implemented through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), is part of the U.S. $2 million in assistance USAID is providing towards helping Jamaica fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is evident that what affects one affects all. The United States, through USAID, values Jamaica as our neighbor, partner, and friend, and we will continue to support the government and people of this country in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have said before and will say again, that we remain committed to helping Jamaica by providing targeted support to aid and strengthen life-saving assistance, not only in health care but also to mitigate against the impact of natural disasters,” said U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, John McIntyre.
“PAHO is pleased to be able to partner with USAID to procure these much-needed essential items identified by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, to scale up Jamaica’s COVID-19 response. Whilst COVID-19 is unlike anything we have previously faced, I believe that together we can overcome this common threat with national unity and global solidarity. I look forward to our continued partnership and cooperation,” said Dr. Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, PAHO/WHO Representative for Jamaica, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands.
The fourth handover is part of a series of transfers of critical equipment to the GOJ and adds to the extensive list the U.S. government has donated in response to the COVID- 19 pandemic within the last year. The equipment is already in use across Jamaica.
Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton said “The Ministry of Health & Wellness is grateful for the continued support and partnership with the U.S. government and PAHO. This pandemic has further strengthened and shown the commitment of our international partners and we have always emphasized the importance of partnership in public health, as a measure of success and to which a part of our success can be attributed to.”
USAID’s total deliveries to date include:
Patient Care: 20 High Flow Nasal Oxygen Devices, 7 Transport Stretchers, with X-ray Cassette Holder, 15 IV Infusion Pumps, 50 Oxygen Flow Meters, 50 Digital Blood Pressure Machines, 100 Pulse Oximeters – Finger-tip, 100 Pulse Oximeters – Hand-held, 48 Nebulizers, 12 Stethoscopes, 11 Patient Monitors, 3 ECG Machines with laptops, printers, and utility carts, 5 Video Laryngoscopes with Blades, 12 Suction Machines, 15 ICU beds, 10 Critical Care beds, 3 Transport Ventilators, 120 Infra-red Thermometers, 1,000 Digital Body Thermometers, 7 Emergency Trolleys and 3 Desk-top Autoclaves.
Response Coordination and Risk Communication: 13 Satellite Phones, 50 VHF Radios, 50 Cellular Phones, 2,000 COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Posters, 40 Pull-up Banners for airports and ports, 6 Laptops, 43 Tablets, 1 Multi-function Colour Printer and 500 Backpacks for Field Workers.
The equipment bolsters the Government of Jamaica’s COVID-19 emergency response and directly aids activities that are vital to help stem the challenges.
This assistance builds upon USAID’s investments of nearly U.S. $87 million in health and nearly U.S. $619 million total over the past 20 years for Jamaica.