Brazil continues to support Suriname during the pandemic, strengthening the relationship between the countries.
The donated PPE items were procured and handed over by PAHO on behalf of the Brazilian government, and include: 13.636 KN95 respirators, 19.800 medical masks and 450 pairs of medical gloves.
Dr. Karen Lewis-Bell, PAHO/WHO Representative in Suriname said, “The protection of health workers will continue to be one of the key interventions in the COVID-19 Response and we need to ensure the availability of PPE at all times, as relevant to the roles and tasks performed, in adequate quantity, appropriate fit and of acceptable quality.”
The items have been stored at the Bureau of Medical Supply Suriname (BGVS) and will be distributed by the Ministry of Health to the health facilities on the front line in the National Response.
It was only a month ago that Suriname received its first 4×4 ambulance donated by Brazil, the World Food Programme and PAHO. Suriname is currently experiencing its third COVID-19 wave, and while vaccinations are rolled-out in the country, these donations are invaluable in the fight against the virus.