Minister Benn hands over COVID-19 protective equipment to GPF

Ministry of Home Affairs

Lot 6 Brickdam, Georgetown, Guyana

Monday, August 10, 2020

Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Robeson Benn, today, handed over a quantity of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to aid the fight Against COVID-19. The equipment which includes the K-95 masks, protective coveralls, gloves, face shields and protective goggles, were received by the Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons (TIP). The items were received in the form of a donation from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to aid frontline officers from the Guyana Police Force’s Trafficking in Persons Unit, and other departments that are actively involved in the fight against trafficking in persons.

After recognising the potential health risks posed to officers who interface with victims and perpetrators of human trafficking, the Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons saw it necessary to ensure that all precautions are taken to prevent the spread of COVID -19.

Distributions of PPE were also made to the Ministry of Social Protection’s Counter – Trafficking in Persons Unit, and to several TIP Shelters and Transitional Facilities for the use in activities related to combating trafficking in persons, and assisting in protecting victims of trafficking during the COVID-19 Pandemic.