With the 3rd wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic hitting the population in Suriname, the situation in the health sector has become more severe, patients are much sicker and Covid19- sufferers are causing overcrowding in hospital wards and ICU units. The number of COVID-19 cases in Suriname increases by the hundreds on a daily basis, while healthcare staff work around the clock and help from volunteers on different levels is crucial.
The crisis in the health sector has also affected the Mungra Medical Center (MMC)in Nickerie, currently confronted with a shortage of health care personnel who systematically work long hours while dealing with insufficient adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves from the virus.
In order to alleviate the shortage in protective gear, the GCCA+ Climate Change Suriname Adaptation - Phase 2 Project, funded by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme contributed by providing personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies to the MMC hospital.
These products are intended to support the hospital so that the healthcare personnel can continue to take care of Covid- 19 patients without putting their own safety and health at risk. The items handed over on June 25th, 2021, consist of disinfectants, disposable mouth and nose masks, gloves, medical gowns, medical coveralls, 70% rubbing alcohol, liquid hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies. More than 11.000 PPE items were provided to the hospital.