The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Medical Microbiology Laboratory received 23 viral RNA test kits worth US$43,411. These kits would be used further to test an estimated 5,750 people. This consignment is the result of the Japan-CARICOM Friendship and Cooperation Fund, a bilateral cooperation programme.
According to a statement that CARPHA made on Thursday it stated that the support they got would be helping them for a long time during the COVID-19 outbreak.
While extending more support to CARPHA, a total amount of US$267,724 have been given by the Association for Promotion of International Cooperation of Japan. This support would primarily be used while purchasing the kits to execute 72,090 tests in Guyana, Jamaica and Suriname.
On Tuesday at the headquarter of CARPHA, which is located in Port-of-Spain, a ceremony was held during which the donations were made by Tatsuo Hirayama, Japan’s Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago. The donation was received by the CARPHA executive management team.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, CARPHA Executive Director Dr Joy St John said: “CARPHA is pleased to receive these items, which will add to our ability to provide support to the governments and people of the region in their continued fight against COVID-19. We would like to express our gratitude for the continued and considerate support to fight this COVID-19 pandemic from the government and people of Japan through the Japan-CARICOM Friendship and Cooperation Fund. This contribution to enhancing the testing capacity of the CARPHA Medical Microbiology Laboratory is the latest in a long history of support provided to the region by the government and people of Japan.”
CARPHA has been performing efficiently in regional circumstances related to health. CARICOM institution and recommendations from the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD)-Health Working Group on Regional Coordination for Response Management.
Dr St John expressed her joy for the ongoing collaboration between CARPHA and the CARICOM Secretariat and, more importantly, for the support and belief that the Secretary-General of CARICOM, Dr Carla Barnett – described by Assistant Secretary-General Dr Douglas Slater – placed in CARPHA to complete these important projects.