Saint Lucia and Dominica have come to the assistance of Martinique in its battle against COVID-19, by supplying much needed medication to the French-speaking Island.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said he has since received a thank you letter from the President of the Martinique Executive Council – Alfred Marie-Jeanne.
He explained that Martinique hospitals had run short of a particular medicine.
The PM said Saint Lucia had the medicine in storage.
He noted that both Dominica and Saint Lucia made a significant contribution.
Chastanet thanked the Ministry of Health here for what he described as the ‘incredible generousity’ shown to Martinique.
“It is very heartwarming that Saint Lucia would be in a position to help out our friends in Martinique, particularly in the area of health,” he observed.
Chastanet recalled that Martinique has demonstrated incredible generousity and support to Saint Lucia and Saint Lucians over many years.
“It is really gratifying on our part that we were able to support them at this juncture,” he said.
The head of health at the OECS, Doctor Carlene Radix said the number of COVID-19 patients in Martinique and Guadeloupe have been significantly higher than those in the English speaking Caribbean countries.
“They did have a significant burden of patients in intensive care,” Radix told the National Television Network (NTN) during a telephone interview.
She disclosed that Martinique was running out of a ‘specific medication’ which she did not name.
She said the medication was needed to treat the patients.
According to Radix, Saint Lucia and Dominica quickly volunteered to use what they had in supply which would be replenished once Martinique receives supplies again from France.
“It was a really significant contribution and our colleagues in Martinique were grateful,” the OECS official stated.