Qatar ‘COVID hospital’ to be placed at ‘West Dem. Hospital’

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The Government of Qatar has kept its promise in donating a COVID-19 field hospital to Guyana; the mobile unit arrived on a Boeing C-17 Globemaster jet from Qatar on Tuesday evening at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).

The field hospital will be set up in the compound of the West Demerara Regional Hospital at Best village (Region Three) to treat critical COVID-19 patients, the Department of Public Information (DPI) reported.

It comprises 60 beds, 60 mattresses, 12 air-conditioners, 60 pillows, 60 blankets, eight carpets, one generator, 20 respirators, 20,000 types of small and large medical equipment and one diesel tank.

President of Guyana, Dr Irfaan Ali, in a Facebook post, recalled that it was soon after his inauguration in August 2020 that he held discussions with Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani via telephone, where the Sheikh pledged to provide the facility to aid Guyana’s COVID-19 fight.

Minister of Health, Dr Frank Anthony (third left) and a delegation including Presidential Advisor on National Security, Captain Gerry Gouveia (right) and Army Chief of Staff, Brigadier Godfrey Bess (first left), received the field hospital at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport

“I thank the Emir and people of Qatar for their love and support. Weeks after my inauguration the Emir and I spoke and he promised to fly in a field hospital and accessories. Today, he delivered on that promise. Soon, we will be establishing our embassy in Qatar, and together we will accomplish lots more for the people of our two countries,” President Ali said.

Equipment for the field hospital
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