Suriname: On Thursday, August 12, the Ministry of Health in Suriname received a donation of 30 oxygen concentrators from the government of Canada and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to support patient care in the current COVID-19 situation in Suriname.
The donation comes at an extremely favourable time, as the transmission of the virus has unfortunately still increased over the past 4 weeks. The oxygen concentrators were purchased with funds received from the Canadian government, and would be distributed to health care institutions that manage patients infected with COVID-19.
The oxygen concentrators, as well as the supply of accessories and consumables for six months, are currently with the Company of Medicines Supply Suriname (BGVS) and will be distributed by the Ministry of Health as needed in the coming days.
“While Suriname continues to increase its vaccination efforts, the COVID-19 pandemic still requires hospitals and health facilities to be fully equipped and adequately stocked to manage COVID-19 patients. Oxygen supply is a critical need during this pandemic, and through Canada’s support, PAHO can provide more oxygen concentrators to Suriname. To date, PAHO has provided 50 such oxygen concentrators amid many other types of medical equipment, and we continue to provide our technical assistance to national stakeholders in the appropriate management of these and other medical equipment,” said Dr. Karen Lewis-Bell, PAHO-WHO Representative in Suriname.
Canada continues to support the fight against COVID-19 and has demonstrated this support at various times since the detection of the virus in Suriname through donations of much needed personal protective equipment, medical equipment and hospital equipment.
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