Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2020. 2:07 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supported the national COVID-19 response this week by making a donation of medical supplies to the Ministry of Health (MOH).
The donation, made yesterday, consisted of testing equipment and a ventilator all valued at around $100,000. It was made as a part of a Global Fund Project titled “Building Resilience Through Innovation and National Accountability for the HIV and TB Response in Belize.” Ian King, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Belize, handed over the supplies to Dr. George Gough, MOH Chief Executive Officer, who accepted the donation on behalf of Health Minister Pablo Marin.
“The tests will allow for the decentralization of COVID-19 testing as they will utilize existing Gene Xpert equipment originally purchased to support Tuberculosis testing; resulting in an expansion of laboratory analysis capacities beyond Belize City to include the Western Regional Hospital,” the Ministry said.
The Ministry added that it, along with the Civil Society Organization Hub, will further benefit from an additional $241,000 in funding which secured by UNDP and the National AIDS Commission through the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response Mechanism. The additional funds will support an additional 1400 COVID-19 tests, 1000 sample collection kits, Gene Xpert TB tests, salaries for laboratory and nursing staff, Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs), hand sanitizer, and psychosocial and legal support to key populations.
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