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Front-line healthcare staff at the Caura and Couva health facilities will soon begin receiving meals daily from the Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

The association, in a media release, said it recognises that the demands placed on doctors and nurses at these facilities are “onerous” and wants to do what it can to “relieve burdens”.

“At present, we recognise that our health and those who help maintain our well being is of utmost importance. We want to salute our front-liners; those who barely get a break or chance for a meal, those who leave their families for lengthy periods and those whose dedication and sacrifice comes into play especially at this time, keeping our friends and family members alive”, the release stated.

“I overheard from one of my friends that the staff was happy and clapping when one of the critically ill COVID-19 persons had started breathing on their own”.

The Supermarket Association said thus far, it has received donations from PLNL, Nu Iron, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Guardian Life and various charitable individuals.

It is encouraging others to also jump on board and assist in whatever way they can.

Donations can be made to the Association’s Republic Bank account number: 460467835201.

The feeding programme, which has not officially begun, is expected to run for a month.

The initiative comes days before the world recognises World Doctor’s Day, which is to be celebrated on March 30.

President of the T&T Registered Nurses Association, Idi Stuart, told Guardian Media nurses are “very grateful” to have the support of the corporate sector, especially since they are facing their own financial crisis.

He said the food drive comes at a time when healthcare workers are “tired” but determined.