Thursday 28 May, 2020

CIBC gives $4-million boost for COVID-19 testing in Jamaica

Nigel Holness (l), Managing Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, presents the bank’s donation of  $4 million to the Minister of Health and Wellness, Christopher Tufton, to support the Ministry’s scaling up of testing for COVID-19.

Nigel Holness (l), Managing Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, presents the bank’s donation of $4 million to the Minister of Health and Wellness, Christopher Tufton, to support the Ministry’s scaling up of testing for COVID-19.

CIBC FirstCaribbean has provided $4 million to help boost coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in Jamaica.

Nigel Holness, Managing Director of the Bank, presented a cheque to Minister of Health and Wellness, Christopher Tufton, at the Ministry’s Kingston Office earlier this week.

The money was designated to the National Health Fund (NHF), the agency appointed by the Ministry of Health and Wellness for procuring medical supplies on behalf of the Government of Jamaica.

The bank, through its charitable arm the FirstCaribbean International ComTrust Foundation, has donated a total of US$250,000 toward the purchase of testing kits in the 16 countries across its regional footprint. 

“CIBC FirstCaribbean is committed to supporting the Ministry’s efforts at combatting COVID-19 in Jamaica. We note that in some countries the closing of borders, testing and isolation protocols resulted in significant containment of the spread of the virus and we want to do our part to ensure the availability of testing equipment and supplies to support the work of our courageous medical teams on the frontline,” Holness said.

For his part, Minister Tufton said: “This donation is welcome support as we scale up testing mechanisms to achieve more reach. We’re operating on the principle of "All Hands on Deck" and "Everyone Counts".  In making this donation, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank is telecasting to everybody that we must all play our role. Thank you.”
 

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