International financial institution, The World Bank, announced on Wednesday that it approved US$20 million for the Trinidad and Tobago COVID-19 Emergency Response Project, to assist the country’s economic response to the coronavirus pandemic and to continue to strengthen its national systems for public health preparedness.
“This new World Bank project will support Trinidad and Tobago’s response to COVID-19, focusing on the health sector,” said Tahseen Sayed, World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean.
“It will assist in providing critical medical supplies and equipment and will strengthen the capacity of the health sector,” she added.
Trinidad and Tobago’s National COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, focuses on identification and treatment of patients to minimize the spread of the infection and severity of cases.
World Bank financing will support procurement of key medical supplies needed for testing and diagnosis, inputs for infection prevention and control in health facilities, and personal protective equipment for staff. It will also support the health system to better manage future infections and provide training on appropriate clinical care and safe waste disposal.
The Washington-based financial institution said that financing for this project is from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as part of the COVID-19 Fast-Track Facility offered to help countries worldwide face the impacts of this pandemic.