Spanish-owned companies in Jamaica donate US$200k to fight COVID-19

Ambassador of Spain to Jamaica (left) Josep Maria Bosch participated in the handing over of 29 ventilator machines on the grounds of Medical Link Ltd on Wednesday. Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton (second left) and European Union (EU) Ambassador to Jamaica, Malgorzata Wasilewska, examine a mobile ventilator. Director-General, Planning Institute of Jamaica, Dr Wayne Henry is at right.

Spanish-owned companies that hold investments in Jamaica have donated US$200,000 to the government’s fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The donation is being made through the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, which was established by the group of Spanish investors in Jamaica to channel their corporate social responsibility activities through a single entity.

This was announced by Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica Josep Bosch Bessa during a digital press conference hosted by the tourism ministry on Thursday (April 9).

“They have expressed a will to collaborate with the Administration… because they are here to stay. They are Spanish companies, but they are also Jamaican companies… . They belong also to Jamaica,” he argued.

The Ambassador also informed that Spain is also providing support to the Government’s efforts to source equipment needed in the treatment of some COVID-19 patients, including ventilators.

“Hospiten Jamaica Limited (a Spanish-owned private hospital in St James) has been very active in that because they have a purchasing department that has a worldwide perspective. From the Embassy, we have been in contact with some of the teams that are trying to introduce new models of ventilators,” he said.