Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh MP, receives a donation of laptops and other IT equipment from Dr Erica Wheeler, PAHO/WHO Country Representative. (Image courtesy Ministry of Health)

The Ministry of Health recently got a boost in its efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic in this country, following the donation of critical IT equipment from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

According to a release from the Ministry, some 37 devices were received from PAHO/WHO on Tuesday 8th March 2022.

The computers and health emergency equipment are earmarked for selected departments in the Ministry such as the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) for the vaccination roll-out, the Health Emergency Operations Centre and the Drug Inspectorate.

(L to R) – Dr. Roshan Parasram, Chief Medical Officer; Patti-Ann Williams, Chief Technical Coordinator for Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Preparedness Coordinating Unit; Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh MP; Dr Erica Wheeler, PAHO/WHO Country Representative; Mrs. Anesa Doodnath-Siboo, Principal Pharmacist, Office of the Drug Inspectorate; and Grace Sookchand, Manager for Expanded Programme on Immunisation. (Image courtesy Ministry of Health)

“The donation comes at a critical time and will further aid in bolstering the Ministry’s response to the COVID-19 virus,” the Ministry says.  “The IT equipment received also will improve the technological capacity and performance of crucial Ministry of Health Units in their daily delivery of services to the people of Trinidad and Tobago.”

The donated IT equipment included:

  • Fifteen (15) Laptops;
  • Six (6) ‘2 in 1’ Laptop/tablets;
  • Six (6) Wireless/Network Routers;
  • Eight (8) Medium Printers;
  • One (1) Smart Video Conferencing Audio-visual Equipment; and
  • One (1) All-in-one touch screen smartboard.
Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh MP, and Dr. Roshan Parasram, Chief Medical Officer, chat with Dr Erica Wheeler, PAHO/WHO Country Representative. (Image courtesy Ministry of Health)

“PAHO/WHO has always been proud to support the Ministry of Health and therefore the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in improving the efficiency and quality of its services offered to the public,” affirmed Dr. Erica Wheeler, PAHO/WHO Country Representative, during the handing over ceremony.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh acknowledged the “longstanding relationship” with PAHO/WHO, which he says played a major role in T&T’s pandemic response.

He stated: “The effectiveness of the Government’s COVID-19 response thus far remains partly due to the generosity, support and enduring affiliation with key stakeholders such as the PAHO/WHO”.