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Sagicor Financial Company Limited's headquarters in St Michael, Barbados. (File photo)

Sagicor donates US$1 million to COVID-19 fight

Sagicor Financial Company Limited's headquarters in St Michael, Barbados. (File photo)

Sagicor Financial Company Limited will donate US$1 million to assist efforts to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Caribbean. 

The regional insurance provider said the money will be used to aid containment and response efforts, with a focus on improving early detection and the provision of equipment for the immediate care of those infected.

The company said it is in dialogue with several governments and their health ministries including Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.

“We hope that this assistance can help to bolster the response of our governments as they seek to fight on our region’s behalf and play our part in the global response.”

– Group President and CEO of Sagicor Financial Company Limited, Dodridge Miller

In a release shared yesterday, March 20, the company said it is in talks with Barbados authorities to purchase walk-through scanners which will be placed at the nation’s ports of entry “as well as specific high-traffic facilities”.

Sagicor said are well-advanced for the distribution of handheld scanners and other medical supplies across the Eastern Caribbean, while in Trinidad & Tobago, it is working with the government to provide support including the supply of critical medical equipment.  

Additionally, Sagicor Jamaica is coordinating efforts with other private sector organisations to finance the purchase of medical equipment, as well as online educational tools for primary school students who are out of school during this time.

Group President and CEO of Sagicor Financial Company Limited, Dodridge Miller, said “we all need to support initiatives that will minimise risk and reduce the spread of this virus. It is not only the responsibility of governments to respond to this challenge, but also that of corporate citizens. We hope that this assistance can help to bolster the response of our governments as they seek to fight on our region’s behalf and play our part in the global response”.

Each market will liaise directly with governments and other agencies to determine what support is needed and will handle distribution at the local level, the release said.