Belize City, Belize, December 21, 2020 (PAHO) – The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), as part of the continuous support in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic donated 30,280 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the Belize Red Cross. The Red Cross continues to be at the forefront of the battle to alleviate the distress of Belizeans after the recent disastrous flooding from hurricanes ETA and IOTA s and because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PPEs are critical for keeping the members safe as they visit the communities.
Furthermore, PAHO/WHO contributed to the efforts of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management in assisting victims of the recent flooding with a donation of 20,000 units of surgical gowns, 60 non-sterile gowns, 410 goggles, 280 face shields and 8,000 units gloves.
In offering the donations, Dr. Noreen Jack, PAHO/WHO Representative (PWR) for Belize, said, “We are cognizant that resulting environmental conditions consequent to recent flooding pose a risk on personal and family hygiene thereby increasing the likelihood for COVID-19 infection.”
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