Police get masks, money to protect ranks from COVID-19


Police Commissioner Nigel Hoppie on Friday received 2,000 masks and a cheque valuing G$99,000 from the Private Sector Commission (PSC) to protect ranks from COVID-19.

According to the Commissioner, the funds will be used to purchase cloth and other materials to sew reusable masks for the police ranks who are a part of the Government’s COVI-Curb operation.

“As we know Operation COVID-Curb was recently launched…to sensitize members of the community of the importance of them adhering to the measures that are in place. We continue up until today to work in each area of each region of our country to…engage, encourage, educate and enforce,” Hoppie said.

“We only hope that people will continue to adhere to the measures in place,” he added, noting that persons who visit police stations to lodge a complaint without a mask will also be provided with one.

Handing over the items was Chairman of the PSC Nicholas Boyer and President of the Guyana Oil and Gas Energy Chamber Maniram Prashad.

“We want to encourage members of the public to respect and work with the police force on the Public Health Ordinance. COVID-19 is a very serious pandemic, we’re into millions of deaths worldwide and in Guyana have over 3,000 cases. We’d encourage all members of the population to follow the guidelines set by the Ministry of Public Health as well as the international agencies WHO and PAHO,” Boyer said in brief remarks.

The handing over was done at the Commissioner’s conference room, Eve Leary.

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