Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2020. 8:48 am CST.
By BBN Staff: As the world is still struggling with the severe repercussions of the unprecedented pandemic of COVID-19, Taiwan continues to demonstrate its good will and friendship to the Belizean people by donating 1 million dollars worth of 200,000 surgical masks, 10,000 N-95 Masks, 500 infrared forehead thermometers, 2,000 protective clothing, 4,000 isolation gowns, 2 automatic nucleic acid (PCR) analyzers, 720 PCR testing kits, and 10,000 nasal swabs to support the Government of Belize in its endeavors to contain COVID-19 pandemic.
Furthermore, Taiwan’s Far Eastern Memorial Hospital will donate 5 ventilators to the Ministry of Health for treating patients with critical conditions.
Remus Li-Kuo Chen, Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize, hosted the handover ceremony at the Embassy in Belize City on June 16, 2020.
Pablo Marin, Minister of Health accepted the donation on behalf of the Government of Belize.
Senior staff and representatives from the Ministry of Health, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, and Northern Regional Hospital as well as leaders of Taiwanese Community in Belize were also invited to join and witness this meaningful occasion.
Following the first 60,000 surgical masks donation and batches of financial support totaling 2.54 million Belizean Dollars from Taiwan to Belize, these newly arrived medical equipment / materials mentioned above will be distributed to health care facilities and laboratories across the country for the use of frontline medical services providers, first responders and patients in Belize.
“These actions once again exemplify Taiwan’s unwavering commitment to Belize in fighting against this pandemic together,” a statement from the government said.
At the donation ceremony, Ambassador Chen saluted the Ministry of Health along with all medical services providers and first responders for safeguarding the health and safety of all Belizean people.
Ambassador Chen also expressed Taiwan’s sincere appreciation for Belize’s staunch support of Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization (WHO) and its annual World Health Assembly (WHA).
“The government of Taiwan, through its Embassy in Belize, will continue to work closely with our partners in the Government of Belize to weather this unprecedented challenge,” a statement from the Taiwan Embassy said.
The bilateral cooperation once again highlights the 31-year friendship between Taiwan and Belize which definitely benefits both our two peoples.
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