Sagicor donates US$1 million to fight the spread of COVID-19
The Sagicor Financial Group has pledged US$1 million to aid in the Caribbean’s fight against the coronavirus.
According to a company-issued statement, Sagicor has already engaged in talks with governments and health ministries in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the Director General of the OECS about possible ways to support containment and response efforts.
Focus will be placed on early detection and providing the necessary equipment for the immediate care of those already infected.
The company is in talks with the government of Barbados about plans to purchase “walk-through” scanners which will be placed at the island’s ports of entry.
In Trinidad and Tobago, the team is working with the government to provide critical medical equipment, while in Jamaica, Sagicor is co-ordinating efforts with other private companies to finance the purchase of medical equipment and tools for primary school students who are currently out of school.
Handheld scanners and medical supplies are already being distributed across the Eastern Caribbean.
Sagicor Group President Dodridge Miller, said this move is consistent with the company’s history of support for the communities in which they operate.
“We all need to support initiatives that will minimize risk and reduce the spread of this virus. It is not only the responsibility of governments to respond to this challenge, but also that of corporate citizens,” he said.
Mr Miller said Sagicor is determined to partner with regional governments in their efforts to protect citizens from the fast-spreading virus.