PAHO Says St Vincent Among Nations Unable To Test For Coronavirus

St Vincent was not named among Caribbean countries that have the capacity to test for the coronavirus – COVID-19.

Director of the Washington-based Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr Carissa Ettiene told a Caricom News Conference that PAHO has some concern for countries with weak health systems.

She added that it was important to note that several countries in the region have the capacity to test for COVID-19.

“These include Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas and Haiti, also Martinique, French Guiana, Curacao, Aruba and St Martin and the British territories – Cayman Islands and Bermuda,” she said Sunday afternoon.

“Our work in the region as PAHO is to strengthen member states’ capacity to detect, to contain and to manage cases. We believe there is some capacity in the region that is necessary to ensure maximum capacity in the Caribbean region,” Dr Etienne said.

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