The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment and by extension the government and people of St Vincent and the Grenadines, continue to receive assistance from long standing ally, the Republic of China Taiwan in strengthening its capacity to fight the spread of COVID-19.
On Friday May 22nd, 2020, the Taiwanese embassy presented the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment with a second batch of Medical Supplies to aid in the continued fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The shipment of supplies include: four (4) Ventilators, a thermal imaging device for recording temperatures at the arrival lounge at the Argyle International Airport and over 60,000 medical masks.
The Argyle Isolation Center was the recipient of the four ventilators compliments the ROC. This handing over followed immediately on the heels of the handing over at the AIA.
Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, the Hon. Luke Browne accepted the items and addressed the gathering. He stated that his Ministry is grateful to the Embassy of Taiwan for the items and said that he looks forward to continuing the work that begun many years ago when the relationship between the two countries was formed. The minister in his address highlighted the necessity of the donated items in continuing to fight and control Covid-19 in SVG, he also noted that it is better to have the equipment and not use them than to be in want and not have them.
At this handing over Ambassador Ho encouraged the small gathering to continue being their brother’s keeper, he highlighted that this was the second batch of supplies that his country which has a long standing relationship with St. Vincent and the Grenadines, has delivered. He also noted that there would be other shipments in the near future and that Taiwan is committed to maintaining the productive relationship it has with SVG and would continue to assist where needs arise.