No shortage of PPE

Story by CHESTER SAMBRANO

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Media Briefing for Friday 24 April 2020. (Image: Ministry of Communications)

Health Minister Dr Terrence Deyalsingh is maintaining that there is no shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in this country.

His response come after a memo which was issued by the SWRHA (South West Regional Health Authority) informing staff of new protocols for the issuance of PPE.

It said PPE would only be reserved for persons operating in high risk areas in the emergency department.

Speaking at the COVID-19 news conference this morning, Minister Deyalsingh said the rationing of PPE is part of a policy what was put in place by the government approximately three weeks ago.

He said what the SWRHA is doing is carrying out that directive.

He said the reason is more about accountability for the PPE.

He insisted that the Ministry of Health is, “managing PPE carefully and strategically”.

He also assured that the SWRHA is to receive 4,000 masks today to be used by medical staff.

In terms of the medical update, Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram said there have been no new positive patients recorded in the last 24 hours.

He also reported that 38 people currently are being housed at the Home of Football in Couva, and 11 remain at the Brooklyn facility in Sangre Grande.