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Nigel Holness (left), managing director of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Jamaica) Limited, presents the bank’s donation of JM$4 million to Jamaica's Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton to support the country’s scaling up of testing for COVID-19. (Photo contributed)

CIBC FirstCaribbean donates JM$4 million to COVID-19 testing in Jamaica

Nigel Holness (left), managing director of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Jamaica) Limited, presents the bank’s donation of JM$4 million to Jamaica's Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton to support the country’s scaling up of testing for COVID-19. (Photo contributed)

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Jamaica) Limited has contributed JM$4 million to coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in Jamaica.

The donation forms part of the bank’s regional thrust to purchase testing kits in the 16 Caribbean countries in which it operates. Just last week, on March 30, CIBC FirstCaribbean announced its grant of US$250,000, through its charitable arm the FirstCaribbean International ComTrust Foundation, to countries in the region.

Managing director of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Jamaica franchise, Nigel Holness, presented the cheque for the JM$4 million to Jamaica’s Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton, on Tuesday, April 7, at the ministry’s office in St Andrew.

A CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank branch in Fairview Mall, Montego Bay, Jamaica. (File photo)

“CIBC FirstCaribbean is committed to supporting the ministry’s efforts at combatting COVID-19 in Jamaica. We note that in some countries the closing of borders, testing and isolation protocols resulted in significant containment of the spread of the virus, and we want to do our part to ensure the availability of testing equipment and supplies to support the work of our courageous medical teams on the frontline,” Holness stated during the handover ceremony.

Jamaica’s National Health Fund (NHF), an agency of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, will use to for procuring medical supplies on behalf of the Government of Jamaica.

Responding to the contributtion, Minister Tufton noted, “This donation is welcome support as we scale up testing mechanisms to achieve more reach. We’re operating on the principle of ‘All hands on deck and everyone counts’.  In making this donation, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank is telecasting to everybody that we must all play our role. Thank you.”