CIOG supports Gov’t’s Covid fight with masks donation

The Central Islamic Organisation (CIOG) on Wednesday donated 500,000 masks to the Government as it reaffirmed its commitment to the Administration’s COVID-19 fight. 

The masks will go to the Ministries of Health, Education and Human Services and Social Security. 

from left CIOG President (ag), Mr. Goolzar Namdar, Sheikh Moeen ul Hack, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr Frank Anthony, Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Hon. Dr Vindhya Persaud, CIOG General Manager, Ms. Shameena Haniff-Najab and Director of the National COVID-19 Task Force, Colonel Nazrul Hussain

In brief remarks, Minister, Hon. Dr Frank Anthony expressed the Government’s gratitude, noting that acquiring personal protective equipment (PPE) has been challenging during the pandemic.

“We are grateful from the inception that the CIOG has been partnering with us and have made several donations to the most vulnerable persons in our population…this gesture of goodwill in our time of need will certainly go a far way in this pandemic.”  

Human Services Minister, Hon. Dr Vindhya Persaud echoed those sentiments. She noted that her Ministry deals with the country’s vulnerable population, and the masks will provide much-needed protection during the pandemic. 

“I want to thank the CIOG for ensuring this can happen and allowing the people to benefit because the risk of exposure is a great one and masking is a layer of protection that is needed,” she said. 

The CIOG views the donation as part of its civic duty and religious responsibility. Acting President, Mr. Goolzar Namdar remarked that the contribution was not a one-off event. 

“We’re not finished here; we will continue on the regional level, we will look at the temples, mosques, churches, policemen and every area we see fit to distribute masks,” Mr. Namdar said. 

The donation was facilitated by businessman Asad-Al-Sanad of Al-Sanad Holdings in Kuwait. The arrangement was brokered through the Guyana Embassy in Kuwait. 

a box of the masks that were donated