Canada Donates JMD $11.3 Million Towards COVID-19 Field Hospitals In Jamaica

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PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (right), and Canadian High Commissioner, Her Excellency, Emina Tudakovic, hold a symbolic cheque of Can$100,000, representing one element of the Government of Canada’s support to the Government of Jamaica’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The presentation was made during a courtesy call at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on April 20.

The Government of Canada, through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, donated $11.3 million dollars to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, in support of Jamaica’s COVID-19 response.

Canada’s contribution will support the expansion of the COVID-19 wards by enabling the procurement of some 48 hospital beds.

High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica, Emina Tudakovic, at the brief handover ceremony held at the Ministry’s offices in New Kingston, noted that this donation responds to an urgent priority.

“Canada stands with its international partners in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The support to these hospital wards is an extension of Canada’s global response and international assistance to developing countries to prevent further spread of the coronavirus and strengthen governments’ capacity to fight the pandemic. Canada remains committed to the efforts of the Government of Jamaica in this fight,” said the High Commissioner.

During the handover ceremony on April 21, Jamaica’s Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton expressed gratitude for the continued cooperation between Canada and Jamaica.

“Success in the fight against this global pandemic requires collaboration and cooperation. The Government and people of Jamaica are grateful to the Government and people of Canada for this donation, which will help to boost our local response actions,” the Minister said.

Tufton said the provision of additional beds will help to enhance the capacity and resilience of the health system. Procurement of the beds is to be completed by April 30.

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