The Kolby Foundation received some much needed supplies to aid in their preventative measures against Covid-19. Though there are no active cases in the country right now, it is still important to keep the prisons safe due to the density of its population. The donation was given by CARICOM Impacts, in collaboration with the British High Commission. The items received are valued at over US$7,000 and were funded by Britain’s Conflict Stability and Security Fund. CEO of the Kolby Foundation, Virgillio Murrillo, stated that the donation included N95 masks, hand sanitizers, disinfectants, and infrared thermometers.
Virgilio Murillo, CEO, Kolby Foundation: “We’ll be using them as a part of our efforts to mitigate and prevent COVID-19 in the prison, from entering the prison. You may recall that two weeks before the first COVID case was discovered in Belize you remember the prison had gone on a full lock down where we restricted visits and all of those things. That was all in the effort of preventing COVID from entering because the problem there is that prisons those are breeding grounds for any kind of communicable disease so anything like COVID, flu and those things, pink eye, tend to spread like wild bush fire once it gets into a prison so our effort was really to prevent it from entering the prison all together and that way we could keel the prison COVID free. Part of the procedure is that every person who visits the prison whether it’s an attorney or a law enforcement office including our staff has got to be checked with the thermometer to make sure that they’re not displaying any COVID symptoms so that is part of the apparatus we have in place.”
The cost of the freight was sponsored by the French Government, who loaned members of its military to transport the items from Trinidad. Belize was only one stop for them. According to the pilot, Captain Barbe Guillaume they are other countries receiving supplies.
Captain Barbe Guillaume, Pilot: “We flew here to Belize. Yesterday we were in the Bahamas and Barbados. We picked up some freight in Barbados and some humanitarian freight and we had loaded some parts in Bahamas, Belize and this evening to Panama.”
Other countries that benefited included Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominica, and much more in the region.