The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has donated a Nissan Frontier, double-cab pick up, worth $138,000, and two fogging machines, valued between US$5,000 and US$7,000, to the Ministry of Health, in an effort to prevent the Zika virus.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helen Royer, during a press conference on Wednesday, thanked PAHO for the contribution, which she said came following an assessment of the country’s needs after Tropical Storm Erika.
“We are very grateful to the Pan American Health Organization for having provided the Ministry of Health and Environment with a vehicle — that was part of our post-Erika response,” she said. “We had PAHO, almost immediately after the storm, they came in, and they had an assessment of our needs, and out of a very huge budget, they were able to provide us [with] both funds, and the vehicle, and some fogging machines.”
Meantime, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Environment, Ivor Stephenson, stated that the donations were timely, and would contribute greatly to the effort to prevent the outbreak of the virus on island.
“I want to thank PAHO for this very timely contribution to the Ministry of Health,” he noted. “By now, you should be aware that we are being threatened by Zika, and one of the important resources that we need at this time is transportation, and the use of foggers. That would help — among other activities — to successfully manage the problem of Zika.”
The Ministry has declared that fogging will be one of the primary methods of prevention of the Zika virus.