A view of St George's, the capital of Grenada. (Photo: Britannica)

Grenada’s COVID response gets US$2.5-m boost from World Bank

A view of St George's, the capital of Grenada. (Photo: Britannica)

The World Bank will provide US$2.5 million to Grenada to assist with its COVID-19 response.

In a release today, June 1, the World Bank said the funds will be provided to increase testing capacity, equip health facilities, strengthen isolation capacity, and bolster surveillance activities.

World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean, Tahseen Sayed, said “We are working closely with Grenada on the COVID-19 response,” adding “This financing will strengthen the capacity of the health system and support frontline health workers to face this pandemic.”

World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean Tahseen Sayed (File photo)

Specifically, the funds will be used to purchase personal protective equipment for healthcare workers, medical equipment, laboratory equipment and tests, and goods and services to enhance preparedness and surveillance systems at ports of entry, which are considered critical supplies.

Additionally, the funds will be used to retrofit isolation areas, including a mobile unit, and the procurement of an oxygen generation plant.

The US$2.5 million were accessed under the Contingency Emergency Response Component (CERC) of the ongoing OECS Regional Health Project. CERCs allow funds to be reallocated to address emergency response needs.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Bank Group has committed to deploying some US$160 billion in financial aid over 15 months to support more than 100 countries protect their poor and vulnerable, support businesses and bolster economic activity.

The global financial institution said its efforts are aimed at supporting public health interventions, working to ensure the flow of critical supplies and equipment, and helping the private sector continue to operate and sustain jobs.