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CARICOM donates COVID-19 protection supplies to Belize Central Prison

Belize Central Prison (Hattieville)

Posted: Thursday, June 4, 2020. 9:01 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: This week the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) donated over US $7,200 worth of protective equipment and other supplies to the Kolbe Foundation, the management agency of the Belize Central Prison.

CARICOM IMPACS made the donation in collaboration with the British High Commission from Trinidad and Tobago and were flown into Belize yesterday through a partnership with the Government of France, which used a military plane to get the equipment to Belize.

Virgilio Murillo, CEO of the Kolbe Foundation, said that the supplies will go a long way in saving the foundation money and protecting the prison staff. Murillo said that the foundation will use the equipment, which included hazmat suits, face shields, disposable face maks, gloves, hand sanitizers, disinfectants, and two infrared thermometers, on an”as-needed” basis only.

“With respect to the inmates, thus far, Thank God, the prison remains COVID-free, so there’s really no need to be outfitting every prisoner with face masks…because the prison has no COVID-case, continue to move around… without these gears on,” Murillo said.

Murillo added that the donation will also help the prison to implement measures for the prevention of COVID-19 such as hand washing, the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and social distancing where applicable.


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