The European Union (EU) will be making a second donation of medical supplies and equipment to Jamaica in support of the country’s efforts to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This was announced by Head of the EU Delegation in Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, in a statement to mark Europe Day 2020.
Ambassador Wasilewska said that the items include monitors, infusion pumps and intensive care unit (ICU) beds to support the treatment of Jamaicans who become infected with COVID-19.
“I understand these have already arrived from Europe and will be delivered to the Government shortly. They couldn’t be more timely,” she said.
In April, the Government received 29 ventilators valued at approximately €1 million from the EU, to support patients in intensive care in hospitals and to treat those infected with COVID-19.
Europe Day, observed on May 9 every year, celebrates peace and unity across the continent and relations between the EU and partner countries like Jamaica.
Ambassador Wasilewska, in her statement, noted that this year’s observance marks 45 years of partnership between Jamaica and the EU and is taking place at a time when Jamaica, the region and the world are fighting a war against the coronavirus.
She said that Jamaica and the EU share a “special relationship and a mutual commitment to doing all we can to ensure that everyone has a chance to live in peace and dignity”.
“The challenge has only just begun and today, as we celebrate the 45 years of our relationship, we know only too well that we are stronger together,” she added.