UNICEF donates sanitation and healthcare supplies to CDC

—Indigenous and remote communities to benefit

DPI, Guyana, Friday, June 26, 2020

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) today, donated a quantity of water sanitation kits and healthcare items to the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) to be distributed amongst the Indigenous and remote communities.

Head of Mission for UNICEF Guyana and Suriname, Sylvia Fouet, described the establishment’s donation as extremely important and timely.

UNICEF’s Sylvia Fouet handing over supplies to CDC’s Director General, Lt. Col. Kester Craig

Sanitation and healthcare items

Part of UNICEF’s long-term partnership with CDC involves providing families and communities with water and other sanitation products to combat COVID-19.

“Our mission is to help the most vulnerable children and families. We’ve worked in different areas with CDC, but our current focus is to provide relief for families in the interior,” Fouet explained.

Fouet reminded Guyanese to adhere to the safety measures that have been implemented. “COVID-19 is a very serious disease. It is important that we stay healthy by keeping a positive mindset, practising proper hygiene and social distancing.”

CDC’s Director-General, Lt. Col. Kester Craig thanked UNICEF for its contribution.

“This donation is timely and it contains several supplies that we are putting together with other agencies and support from the government to ensure affected persons receive the necessary aid.”

UNICEF’s donation aims to equip Indigenous and remote families who have not benefitted from the CDC’s COVID-19 Pandemic Assistance Voucher Programme.

Lt. Col. Kester Craig disclosed that persons who have applied to the COVID-19 Pandemic Assistance Voucher Programme and have been verified by the Ministry of Social Protection can expect their vouchers very soon.

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