AMBASSADOR PERRY HITS A HOME RUN, COULD HAVE BEEN A SIX AT SABINA PARK
JAMAICA GLEANER NEWS
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently donated US$2 million (J$300 million) to support the Government of Jamaica’s (GOJ) drive to expand access to critical medical liquid oxygen (LOX).
This donation is a part of Washington’s broader support to Jamaica in its response to COVID-19 and will also prepare for future pandemic threats.
In response to the critical need for reliable medical oxygen for COVID-19 and other respiratory pandemics, USAID is helping to strengthen the availability and use of LOX in major public hospitals across the island.
As coronavirus infections surged in the summer of 2021, Jamaica’s public-sector hospitals teetered as oxygen inventory ran dry. Several COVID-19 hospital deaths were placed under investigation amid allegations that limited oxygen supply was to blame.
“Jamaica is our neighbour, partner, and friend, and what affects one affects us all,” said Nick Perry, newly installed US ambassador to Jamaica.