CDC continues engagement with private sector on COVID-19 response

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Civil Defence Commission through its National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC), on Wednesday held a virtual meeting with several stakeholders to discuss continued collaborative efforts to aid Guyana’s fight against the novel coronavirus

Representatives of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) provided updates on several initiatives.

These included the distribution of sanitation supplies to aid the cleaning of municipal markets, mobilisation and importation of supplies and the delivery of hampers to households in vulnerable communities.

Chairing Wednesday’s session was CDC Senior Response Officer, Captain Salim October who provided clarity on the distribution exercise.

October noted that several factors are taken into account such as the loss of income, prevalence of unemployment, and the number of single-parent households in a community.

It was noted that while there is the belief that the pace of the Commission’s distribution exercise could be increased persons must be cognisant of the fact that the Commission had the foresight to procure supplies before the situation drastically changed from then to now.

Captain October also disclosed that the Commission would shortly be executing several other distribution exercises.

Members of the private sector also expressed satisfaction to be actively engaged in the national issue.

The NEOC was activated on March 31 and to ensure the highest level of collaboration among all stakeholders to further prevent the spread of the disease, enhance preparation, and strengthen the local response to the global pandemic.



COVID-19 Alert!

Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. We urge citizens to practice good hygiene and social or physical distancing also adhere to the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health, Guyana.