Sunday 5 April, 2020

Deyalsingh: Health sector well-equipped to deal with COVID-19

Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh says Trinidad and Tobago’s public health sector is fully stocked with the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) needed as we continue to fight against COVID-19.

Speaking at a media conference today, Deyalsingh said medical professionals are far from running low on PPE and can look forward to added support coming their way.

Current stock of N95 particulate masks stand at 37,000, the Ministry has ordered a further 26,000. The United Nations Development Programme has also pledged a further 175,000 masks, while the Pan American Health Organisation has also pledged to add more. These are used by medical professionals and other frontline workers like the police and defence force.

The government has also received 1,000 pairs of goggles from the People’s Republic of China. They’ve also ordered another 10,000 and expect to have 25,000 – 30,000 within the health system.

Minister Deyalsingh reported that they have 13 million pairs of gloves in stock.

He also revealed that there are 150,000 disposable gowns on-hand and that they’re expecting a shipment which will lead to a count of 500,000 gowns.

Added to this is 473, 000 shoe covers and 180,000 head covers.

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