St Vincent and the Grenadines received the donation of 10 new ventilators. Taiwan has donated the machines as support during the surge in COVID-19 cases on Caribbean island.
During a briefing ceremony at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, officials of St Vincent and the Grenadines health ministry received these new machines.
In the ceremony, Ambassador Peter Sha Li Lan stated that when they came to know about the need for assistance during the pandemic in St Vincent and the Grenadines, they decided to purchase 10 of the best quality ventilators and ship them to the island at the end of October month. It would be helping many patients who are in need across the island.
Before these machines, Taiwan also donated personal protective equipment, surgical masks and oxygen concentrators for helping the Health Ministry during the outbreak of Covid-19 on the island.
Ambassador Lan further said that the public health sector is the one on which both the countries should focus while expanding their bilateral relationship and sustaining the relations as this year both would be completing their 40 years of diplomatic ties with each other.
After purchasing the machines valued at over US330,000 dollars, the authorities decided to make the machines operational within a short period of time.
Health Minister St Clair Prince noted that the machines would get operationalised at the Argyle Isolation Centre, Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, and various health facilities.
While appreciating the efforts, Minister further stated that they had always been in partnership with Taiwan in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment. This relation deepened when Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was undergoing a volcanic eruption. These donations are part of the ongoing bilateral ties.
Diplomatic relations between Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Republic of China (Taiwan) formally started on August 15, 1981.