Hand Over of Donated Personal Protective Equipment by the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs to the Ministry of Health
20 May 2020
Senator the Honourable Dennis Moses, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, handed over Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) comprising of N95 and KN95 masks and protective overalls to the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs on Monday 18th May, 2020 for use by the country’s health care professionals.
The Personal Protective Equipment was donated to the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs by the Government of the People’s Republic of China through its Embassy in Port of Spain on 1st May, 2020 at the Ministry’s Headquarters. These supplies are the latest contribution from the People’s Republic of China, one of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s international partners with which it has longstanding relations built on robust cooperation, collaboration and substantive people-to-people exchanges across a wide spectrum of areas.
During the Hand Over Ceremony, Minister Moses stated that, the donation of the masks and overalls are timely and critical to ensuring that the health and well-being of citizens remain intact. Minister Moses also commended Minister Deyalsingh and his staff for their tireless efforts and service towards mitigating the effect of the pandemic on the citizenry and country.
On receiving the items, Minister Deyalsingh expressed his pleasure to accept the gifts donated by the People’s Republic of China and stated that the Personal Protective Equipment would go a long way as Trinidad and Tobago fights this global pandemic. He added that the PPE would assist in protecting the lives of Health Care Workers. In this regard, he expressed his appreciation to the People’s Republic of China, as the gesture cements the friendship that exists between Trinidad and Tobago and China and is also a reflection of Government’s support to the ‘One China Policy.’