COVID Relief Hampers Distributed to Orealla and Siparuta Villages

The Civil Defence Commission earlier today handed over 335 food hampers and the same amount of cleaning hampers, along with 720 bottles of vitamin C tonic to the Deputy Toshao of Orealla and Siparuta, Mr. Randy Herman.

Mr. Herman expressed gratitude on behalf of all the villagers and councillors and himself, to the CDC for what he sees as “a timely assistance” gesture as his community faces an uphill battle to return to a COVID-free status.

Orealla and its satellite Siparuta village – located in East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six) 33 miles South of Crabwood Creek in the Corentyne River – has recently experienced a surge in COVID-19 infections, which has led to the communities being on a complete lockdown. The COVID-19 Task Force, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Amerindian Affairs and the Civil Defence Commission are collaborating to stem the spread and provide relief to the residents.

On hand to collect the supplies were deputy Toshao Randy Herman, Management Development Officer Mr. John Ramsingh and Liaison Officer Eyon Boyal of the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs; and Village Councillor Ms. Shondalene Russel. Captain Hubern Collins of the Civil Defence Commission made the presentation and in brief remarks noted that the CDC as a government agency continues to lead the COVID-19 relief response to vulnerable citizens across Guyana. He appealed for continued observation of the COVID-19 protocols while calling for increased vigilance and surveillance to stem the surge.