Trinidad and Tobago will benefit from a World Bank-approved US$20-million loan as it seeks to bolster its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness.
The financial institution today announced the approval of the loan which will support the COVID-19 Emergency Response Project.
“This new World Bank project will support Trinidad and Tobago’s response to COVID-19, focusing on the health sector,” said Tahseen Sayed, World Bank country director for the Caribbean.
“It will assist in providing critical medical supplies and equipment and will strengthen the capacity of the health sector,” she continued.
The project will support the Trinidad and Tobago Government’s National COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, which focuses on identification and treatment of patients to minimise spread of the infection and severity of cases.
“World Bank financing will support procurement of key medical supplies needed for testing and diagnosis, inputs for infection prevention and control in health facilities, and personal protective equipment for staff,” a release from the banks stated.
The project will also assist Trinidad and Tobago’s health system to better handle future infections and provide training on appropriate clinical care and safe waste disposal.
As part of the COVID-19 Fast-Track Facility offered to help countries worldwide face the impacts of this pandemic, the funding for the project will come through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.