Prisons Equipped to Fight COVID-19

Prisons Equipped to Fight COVID-19

Prisons Equipped to Fight COVID-19

Regional Security System | Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Members of the Barbados Defence Force transferring sanitizing supplies for shipment. (Photo: RSS)

Prisons in Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are now better equipped to combat the infection and transmission of COVID-19.

Executive Director of the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS), Lt. Col. Michael Jones and Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS), Captain (N) Errington Shurland, handed over various basic sanitation supplies to Superintendent of the Barbados Prison Service, Lt. Col. John Nurse, during a brief presentation at the RSS Air Wing, earlier today. Lt. Col. Jones then made a similar presentation to the Superintendent of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prison Service, Brenton Charles, along with British Resident Coordinator, Steve Moore, at the Argyle International Airport.

Executive Director of CARICOM IMPACS, Major Michael Jones and Executive Director of the RSS, Captain (N) Errington Shurland, handing over sanitation supplies to Superintendent of the Barbados Prison Service, Lt. Col. John Nurse. (Photo: RSS)

The items which were donated include infrared thermometers, cleaning products such as disinfectant, liquid soap, bleach and hand sanitizers, among other necessary supplies, all in accordance with guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation for the prevention and control of the pandemic in prisons.

The Prison Service of Suriname also benefited from the donations, and their supplies were recently airlifted from the Grantley Adams International Airport by Surinam Airways. Nine other CARICOM Member States will also receive supplies over the next week.

The handover of the supplies are a joint effort of CARICOM IMPACS, the British High Commission in Port of Spain and the RSS, which will be transporting the items to the various Member States.

Regional Security System / CARICOM IMPACS

It Takes Teamwork

It Takes Teamwork

It Takes Teamwork

Regional Security System | Friday, April 24, 2020

The BDF and RSS have been instrumental in facilitating distribution of critical COVID-19 related supplies and equipment, procured by PAHO. (Photo courtesy PAHO)

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has a long-standing working relationship with the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) and the Regional Security System (RSS), especially in response to public health emergencies. It is no surprise that with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, both entities are once again collaborating with PAHO.

The BDF and RSS have been instrumental in facilitating distribution of critical COVID-19 related supplies and equipment, procured by PAHO, and destined to its Member States in the region. The logistics for this process is coordinated through the Public Health Emergency (PHE) Unit at the PAHO Barbados Office.

This is just an example of how the team has been functioning…PAHO procured essential health supplies for COVID-19 response for Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

A total of 162 boxes containing 3,919 PPE kits were delivered to the PAHO Barbados Office on Monday 20 April 2020, they were collected by a team of BDF soldiers on Tuesday 21 April 2020, and by Wednesday 22 April 2020, many countries acknowledged receipt of their donations, ably delivered by the RSS.

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PAHO

 

 

CARPHA Only CARICOM Lab To Test For COVID-19

CARPHA Only CARICOM Lab To Test For COVID-19

CARPHA Only CARICOM Lab To Test For COVID-19

Regional Security System | Tuesday, March 17 2020

The Caribbean Public Health Agency’s laboratories are fully equipped and ready to test samples of suspected cases of COVID-19. (Stock photo)

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has the only CARICOM regional reference laboratory accredited to test for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and also the only laboratory that can confirm positive or negative results in Trinidad and Tobago.

We continue to actively work with Ministries of Health in our Member States to provide confirmatory tests for COVID-19.

This is undertaken in strict accordance with guidance and recommendations of the Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Caribbean Public Health Agency’s Medical Microbiology Laboratory (CMML) does not participate in any process of verification or validation of tests with any private laboratories in the Caribbean, nor has it endorsed any tests from any private laboratory, manufacturer or distributor.

Our laboratories are fully equipped and ready to test samples of suspected cases of COVID-19, and Member States have specific protocols to follow in their investigation process which includes sending the samples to CARPHA.

We therefore advise the public to be extremely careful and vigilant when using private laboratory services as conflicting or inconsistent results (false- positive or negative) can be obtained. Please check with your Ministry of Health to verify which laboratory is authorized for testing COVID-19 samples.

CARPHA also urges everyone to take proper precautions for protecting their health.

More information about protective measures against the new coronavirus can be found on the CARPHA website.

Caribbean Public Health Agency

 

Preparing For COVID-19

Preparing For COVID-19

Preparing For COVID-19

Regional Security System | Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Being COVID-19 prepared will keep you and your loved ones safe. (Stock photo)

Being COVID-19 prepared will help you keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

This COVID-19 personal guide, published by the Government of Barbados, will help prepare you to better protect yourselves, your loved ones and your communities from exposure to the COVID–19 Virus. It will hopefully address your major concerns and answer your most pressing questions.

To view the guide click here.

Government of Barbados