M&CC gets $7.9M worth in items to help fight COVID-19

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) today contributed over $7.9 Million ($38,000 US) worth in essential items to the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to assist its effort in alleviating the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.

Country Representative, Dr. William Adu-Krow said his office is pleased to lend support, particularly under such circumstances. The kind gesture, he noted, was realised following requests by the Public Health Minister and subsequently City Mayor Ubraj Narine.

One of the COVID-19 billboards donated.

PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr. William Adu-Krow greets City Mayor, Pandit Ubraj Narine

Some of the items donated by PAHO/WHOto the Georgetown M&CC

Among the donations were chemical respirators, rubberised boots, safety goggles, gloves, hand washing sinks and mist blower -SR420.

Several social distancing floor markers and vinyl posters, along with self-quarantine vinyl posters with COIVD-19 message and two billboards which were established at Stabroek and Bourda markets, were also donated to support the public awareness efforts.

At the handing over ceremony held in the Council’s Chambers, Dr. Adu-Krow noted: “this is only the beginning” of the support for the municipality. He informed those present that the global health entity plans to build and strengthen its relationship with the City Council.

Dr. Adu-Krow stressed that it essential for the City Council to be equipped with the necessary gear to tackle the virus since a large majority of Guyanese traverse its thoroughfares on daily.

Expressing thanks on behalf of M&CC, Mayor Narine stated that the donation will assist the council in expanding its sanitisation efforts in several markets and public spaces within Georgetown.

“I know a few items here will bring relief to our health centres so that they would be able to function effectively,” the Mayor added.

Both the PAHO/WHO and M&CC continue to urge citizen to follow the guidelines initiated by the local health authorities, to put a speedy end to the global pandemic.

Town Clerk Sherry Gerrick and Head of the Public Health Department, Dr Suzette Reynolds was also present at the handover ceremony.