Saint Lucia: The Government recently accepted receipt of 5000 ampules of Midazolam from the Government of Brazil to assist in the treatment of COVID-19 cases and other medical conditions.
Ambassador of Brazil to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Anwar Nahes, expressed his government’s commitment to continue supporting Saint Lucia during this time and said this donation was another signal of the diplomatic relations between Saint Lucia and Brazil.
“We are glad to share, to cooperate again with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and I hope we can keep doing this in the near future. Because many people who do not know diplomacy will say, diplomacy is talk and talk. Yes, it is important to keep on talking, but it gives double satisfaction when a conflict is resolved to benefit any person who needs and can use this medicine. When diplomacy can help the common citizen or ordinary people.”
Medical Officer of Health Dr Glensford Joseph expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Brazilian government for the timely donation and said this medication would benefit the people of Saint Lucia.
“This medication is so timely in that we are still managing the COVID-19 pandemic, and based on how this medication works, it helps during the process of anaesthesia, and with the sedation of persons, that is, it will make you drowsy or sleepy. This is very important as persons impacted with COVID-19 can become very anxious and restless, and it helps in calming these persons.”
Head of the Political & Economic Department in the Ministry of External Affairs, International Trade, Civil Aviation and Diaspora Affairs, Nancy Nicholas, highlighted the friendship and bilateral cooperation between the Government of Saint Lucia and the Government of Brazil.
“The business of diplomacy is not just about connecting governments, but it is also about touching the lives of the people within the various countries. Saint Lucia and Brazil have enjoyed very favourable relationships for many decades, and these relationships continue to uplift from strength to strength on the journey towards diplomatic engagements. Today we are receiving a part of this entire diplomatic endeavour from the Government of Brazil, where we will be receiving some medication, some pain mitigation medication from the Government of Brazil. So, on behalf of the government and people of Saint Lucia, Ambassador, please accept the sentiments of our sincerest appreciation for this kind gesture from your government.”
The midazolam medication will be used in Respiratory hospitals and other public health facilities.