Prime Minister Continues To Solicit Assistance From Friendly Countries As Grenada Deals With Rising COVID-19 Cases

PR  Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, continued  his outreach to friendly countries during the past week, seeking assistance for Grenada’s  continued fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The rising number of cases has created a strain on the healthcare system and has also  resulted in nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers, having to work extended shifts  as they care for the increased number of hospitalised persons. 

The island’s most pressing needs include additional medical personnel, a field hospital,  personal protective equipment and other medical supplies used in the care of COVID-19  patients. 

The Prime Minister met with the Chinese Ambassador to Grenada, His Excellency Wei  Hongtian, on Friday, to seek COVID-related support. 

He said, “The situation is serious, we need a team of doctors and nurses who can come  to Grenada for a few weeks to provide much-needed support to our own professionals,  who have been working long hours, attending to the growing number of patients. Given  the infectious nature of this disease, we also need to ensure that we have additional  supplies of PPE, as the medical team uses multiple sets of these on any given day.” 

The Prime Minister also had a call with the United States Ambassador to Barbados and  the Eastern Caribbean, Linda Taglialatela last week. 

In that conversation, Dr. Mitchell underscored the urgency of a field hospital which would  be able to accommodate more COVID-19 patients and reduce the need to use wards  designed for the general care of patients, some of which have had to be converted given  the rise in hospitalisations. 

Both the People’s Republic of China and the United States have given assurances that  they would provide whatever assistance they can to help Grenada navigate the current  crisis.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also dispatched letters seeking assistance from a  number of other friendly countries.