The Pan American Health Organisation’s (PAHO) Regional Advisor, Dr. Dana van Alphen and Procurement Specialist, Santiago Ibarguen are in the BVI to discuss the agency’s assistance to the Territory in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The PAHO officials met today with Minister of Health and Social Development, Ronnie Skelton and Permanent Secretary in that ministry, Petrona Davies. Also present at today’s meeting were Director of National Emergency Operations Centre, Sharleen DaBreo and Principal Consultant, PAHO’s SMART Hospital Project, Ronnie Lettsome.
PAHO has committed US $1 million to support the health response following the passage of the two category 5 hurricanes. The money will be used to purchase vehicles for the Environmental Health Unit, medical consumables specifically for hospitals, clinics and elderly homes and pharmaceuticals. The PAHO funds will also be used to conduct repairs to Adina Donovan Home for the Elderly, the Virgin Gorda Elderly Home and clinics that experienced minor damage.
(Pictured left to right: Director of National Emergency Operations Centre, Sharleen DaBreo; Principal Consultant, PAHO’s SMART Hospital Project, Ronnie Lettsome; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Development, Petrona N. Davies; Health Minister, Hon. Ronnie Skelton; PAHO’s Regional Advisor, Dr. Dana van Alphen and Procurement Specialist, Ibargues Santiago)