Corporate society joins the fight against COVID-19

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, April 2, 2020

Clearly understanding the implications of COVID-19 pandemic and that the fight against its spread cannot be won single-handedly, corporate society is playing its role in assisting the country’s health care system to stem transmission.

Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) has thus far made two large donations of their alcohol-based sanitising cleaner. The first donation of 12,000 litres saw senior citizen’s homes, orphanages, night shelters, prisons, and other similar facilities benefitting.

Their second donation of 245 five-gallon bottles of their sanitising cleaner was made directly to the Health Emergency Operation Centre (HEOC).

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) company is also playing a critical role. Recently, GTT announced that they will offer free mobile services to healthcare workers who are on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19.

The service is available to those registered with the Medical Council and the Nurses’ Association. The free mobile service will allow for the healthcare workers to make free calls to either network.

Chief Executive Officer of GTT Justine Nedd said that the service will last until the battle against the virus is over.

ANSA McAL Limited also stepped up to the plate. As a result of their generosity, medical professionals working at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) have received a boost with the provision of non-alcoholic beverages.

The donation is valued at approximately $380,000 and consists of world-renowned brands such as Lucozade which is known for its iconic “Convalescence” heritage and Smalta which provides a great source of vitamin B.

ANSA McAL Limited said it used the opportunity to once more offer its sincerest gratitude to the GPHC for its efforts and looks forward to continuing lending its support in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

The private sector will soon be intensifying efforts.

A meeting was held on Wednesday between members of the private and the personnel at the National Emergency Operations Centre, to coordinate plans for the national response to the impact of the novel coronavirus.

Some of the interventions discussed include the donation of medical supplies to the Ministry of Public Health, mobilisation of sanitation supplies to aid cleaning of markets and public spaces, and the donation of care packages to vulnerable persons and those whose jobs may have been affected.