PAHO donates protective supplies to Barbados Defence Force

PAHO- Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently donated 60,000 protective supplies to the Barbados Defence Force.

Barbados: PAHO- Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently donated 60,000 protective supplies to the Barbados Defence Force. The donation consisted of 60,000 surgical masks, 7,000 N95 masks and gowns each, during the presentation ceremony.

PAHO Advisor- Dr Karen Polson and COVID-19 Incident Manager presented the supplies to Lieutenant Colonel Junior Browne of Barbados Defence Force.

The PAHO Advisor further stated, “Part of PAHO’s mandate is to strengthen the capacity of organizations like the BDF- Barbados Defence Force to react to any disasters or hazardous events.”

Following the statement, Dr Polson further explained that “The contribution was in recognition of the BDF’s support in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic and efforts in the after-effects of the La Soufriere effusive volcano eruptions in St Vincent and the Grenadines.”

Lt Colonel Browne denoted, during the presentation that “The protective supplies would be placed immediately into action across the Force during its continuous operations and deployments.”

Earlier, The Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) has also donated 20, 000 rapid antigen tests to help strengthen the COVID-19 pandemic response of Barbados.

PAHO initially, has also donated eight patient monitors and infusion pumps and personal protective equipment (PPE) kits consisting of surgical gowns, surgical facial masks, respirators, and gloves for medical staff at isolation facilities and hospitals to Barbados.

There are total 3,824 active COVID-19 cases in Barbados. So far, 3,726 civilians have been recovered and total of 44 deaths have been reported due to COVID-19 in Barbados.

Despite this Barbados also suffered from a water crisis due to ashfall from the La Soufriere volcano. Many organisations and neighbouring countries have provided endorsement to Barbados amid the volcanic eruptions from La Soufriere.

The economy of Barbados has been impacted because of the current COVID-19 situation.

The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) is the name given to the combined armed forces of Barbados. The BDF was established on 15 August 1979 and is responsible for the territorial defence and internal security of the island.