The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Trinidad and Tobago Country Office donated PPE equipment and supplies to the Ministry of Health on Monday.
Five oxygen concentrators, two portable handheld pulse oximeters, two fingertip pulse oximeters, 7,520 gowns, 7,500 surgical masks, 900 face shields, 300 masks were donated.
Oxygen concentrators are medical devices used in response to low levels of oxygen in the blood due to respiratory problems, while oximeters are noninvasive devices that measure your oxygen saturation level or the oxygen levels in your blood.
These devices will play a critical part in the treatment of persons who have contracted COVID-19. They provide both a sustainable and cost-effective source of medical oxygen in health facilities, including the High Dependency Unit in Trinidad and Tobago Parallel System.
Additionally, the gowns, surgical masks, face shields and masks will offer frontline workers, such as doctors and nurses protection against the virus.
Dr. Erica Wheeler, PAHO/WHO Representative was present at the PAHO Trinidad and Tobago office to receive the shipment.