Friday 25 September, 2020

Issac warns against complacency as Taiwan donates medical supplies

Health Minister Senator Mary Isaac (left) and National Security Minister Senator Hermangild Francis receive medical supplies from Taiwan.

Health Minister Senator Mary Isaac (left) and National Security Minister Senator Hermangild Francis receive medical supplies from Taiwan.

Health Minister Senator Mary Isaac has cautioned Saint Lucians against becoming complacent amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health minister made the proclamation Friday morning at a ceremony where medical supplies were donated thanks to the Republic of China (Taiwan).

"It is very important for the people of Saint Lucia to remember that this is not over. We may well be getting the other wave that the WHO has been speaking of when we reopen our borders.

We are standing ready to be able to fight this challenge but we need every Saint Lucian to come on board and be mindful that the virus is still with us and we have to make every effort to continue to follow the protocols so that we can keep our island and our people safe," Isaac declared.

The medical equipment was donated Friday, June 19, 2020, to assist the frontline workers amid the pandemic.

Taiwan donates medical supplies to St Lucia

According to Taiwanese Ambassador, His Excellency Douglas Shen, the donation represents the committed relationship between Saint Lucia and Taiwan.

Ambassador Chen applauded Saint Lucia for its management and containment of the virus, only having recorded nineteen cases to date without any deaths. 

"It's a very hard time for each and every country, especially for the leaders because when they have to think about how to protect their people, they also have to think about how to make your business go, especially a country like Taiwan who depends heavily on international trade and tourism like Saint Lucia who is also highly dependent on tourism. So today, the Taiwan Government is pleased to make this donation to the frontline workers of Saint Lucia to protect them so they can protect our Saint Lucian friends," Ambassador Shen said.

The much-needed donation consists of PPE equipment in addition to testing equipment.

300,000 surgical face masks, 10,000 N95 masks, 4,000 indoor/outdoor isolation suits, 2,000 protective suits, two PCR machines with 720 test kits, 20,000 hydroxychloroquine, 450 handheld thermometers, six body temperature imagers and three forehead thermometers with display screens.

The donation was also well received by National Security Minister Senator Hermangild Francis.

"Today we also received specialised analytical equipment that will help us to expand our capabilities for detecting the virus so as to swiftly and effectively isolate and treat those affected to minimise spread. 

These two all-in-one instruments along with the 720 test kits that are supplied with them, combine the extraction process with the detection process to identify the virus," Senator Francos explained.

He added: "These systems are not only able to detect novel coronavirus but also have the potential to impact the agriculture sector by identifying diseases in fish, poultry, livestock and cattle."

The handing over ceremony was held on the grounds of the Owen King EU Hospital, Friday morning.

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