Minister of Health Dr Frank Anthony on Tuesday received the final pieces of equipment that were procured from a US$4.6M initiative made possible through the Government of Japan and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
The equipment will be distributed across 13 communities in Guyana.
Over the past months, ambulances, ultrasound scanning systems, portable x-ray machines and oximeters were received by the ministry to help mitigate COVID. The medical equipment received will boost service delivery at the Infectious Disease Control Hospital and several regional hospitals.
Dr Anthony during his remarks thanked the two organisations for their support in the country’s fight against COVID-19.
“So, while our healthcare workers put in their due and have worked in many instances beyond the call of duty if we did not have the equipment if we did not have the medicines, it would have been a challenge to be able to accomplish what we have accomplished today.”
Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Multi-Country Office Alejandro Rossi said the organisation is pleased to work with the Government of Guyana.
“It is an honour for UNOPS as a member of the United Nations to work alongside with the Ministry of Health and the Government of Japan towards an effective response to the pandemic and the strengthening of national health systems," Rossi said.