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Joylyn Johnson of Rubis makes the presentation to a representative of the CDC. (Photo: DPI Guyana)

Rubis Guyana supports country’s COVID-19 response efforts

Joylyn Johnson of Rubis makes the presentation to a representative of the CDC. (Photo: DPI Guyana)

Rubis Guyana Inc has come to the aid of Guyanese grappling with the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID19), contributing more than US$10,000 in cash and kind.

The energy company recently offered to assist front-line workers at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) with transportation to and from work. RUBIS also provided support to families experiencing challenges as a result of the national emergency measures which were instituted due to the pandemic.

Romena Chung, director, human resources, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, shows the donation cheque received from Rubis. (Photo: DPI Guyana)

Commenting on the company’s contributions, Joylyn Johnson, retail account executive, Rubis Guyana Inc, noted, “The fight against COVID-19 must be a collective effort; it requires an all-hands-on-deck approach and TeamRubis wanted to be part of Guyana’s proactive measures.”  

Johnson explained that the GPHC donation was borne out of disturbing media reports that front-line medical workers, who are battling to restore the health of COVID-19 patients, were having serious challenges travelling to work and home. 

“We wished to enable them an easy passage on their journey,” Johnson said, adding: “We felt compelled to make a contribution to GPHC towards providing dedicated and safe transportation for these special health care professionals.”

To this end, the money donated by Rubis Guyana Inc will fund the provision of dedicated vehicles and drivers to transport the medical staff.

Speaking on behalf of GPHC’s board, management and staff, CEO (Ret’d) Brigadier George A Lewis thanked Rubis Guyana Inc for extending support to health care workers during the crisis. 

“The fight against COVID-19 must be a collective effort; it requires an all-hands-on-deck approach and TeamRubis wanted to be part of Guyana’s proactive measures.”

— Joylyn Johnson, retail account executive, Rubis Guyana Inc

“In light of the national regulations that have been put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, the GPHC is exceptionally grateful for this donation which will support the provision of transportation for our staff who work beyond the hours of the national curfew,” he stated.

Rubis Guyana has also come to the aid of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) in their drive to ensure the most vulnerable citizens were also being taken care of through the provision of food hampers. Again, the energy said it is “cognisant that the CDC is facing a mammoth task”, as meeting the needs of man requires expansive resources and, for that reason, it joined the initiative.

“One of the things this pandemic has brought to the fore is how interconnected we all are as people and a person’s actions has implications for many, as we see with the spread of the COVID-19,” Johnson pointed out.

She further expressed hope that Rubis Guyana’s contribution of supplies will assist households receiving supplies allay any anxiety of not having enough.

In the meantime, Rubis Guyana has invested in safety training for retailers and their staff on heightened cleaning standards to adopt during the pandemic, as well as provide all Rubis service stations with sinks and hand santisers. 

In particular, the company recently purchased face masks for all gas attendants to wear to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and installed signage at fuel pumps to remind customers of safe practices to use. 

“Rubis recognizes that they have a part to play in the communities in which they operate and believe we are all in this together, so we are pleased to assist Guyana as we work to overcome COVID-19,” Johnson concluded.