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  • Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dunstan Bryan, in making the disclosure, said that a large portion of the funds, approximately 1$ billion, went towards providing personal protective equipment (PPEs) and procuring drugs and sundries.
  • Mr. Bryan, who was addressing the Ministry’s weekly virtual COVID Conversations press briefing on Thursday (Sept. 24), said that a large portion of the funds went towards accommodation for returning residents under the Controlled Re-entry Programme throughout April, May and June, as well as on providing support to the regional health authorities.
  • In the meantime, portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said that the Government “has been responsible in its approach in terms of the spend and as a consequence, I think we have seen value in terms of the strategies that we have pursued.”

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has spent $4 billion in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) to date.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dunstan Bryan, in making the disclosure, said that a large portion of the funds, approximately 1$ billion, went towards providing personal protective equipment (PPEs) and procuring drugs and sundries.

“We had a peak in expenditure in June and July and that’s primarily because of the commitments that we had made in March and April for equipment, PPEs, drugs, and our commitment to the build-out of infrastructure,” he noted.

Mr. Bryan, who was addressing the Ministry’s weekly virtual COVID Conversations press briefing on Thursday (Sept. 24), said that a large portion of the funds went towards accommodation for returning residents under the Controlled Re-entry Programme throughout April, May and June, as well as on providing support to the regional health authorities.

“Approximately $728 million has been sent to the regional health authorities to provide support to the activities on the ground (for) the work of contact tracing, the work of the health centres, the work of the hospitals and the salaries that we have to pay for the additional staff – the 122 doctors –in addition to the community health aides that we have assigned,” he informed.

The Permanent Secretary said that the Ministry now has a cash balance of about $1.5 billion, with approximately $370 million of that amount being “commitments that are to come in for payment.”

In the meantime, portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said that the Government “has been responsible in its approach in terms of the spend and as a consequence, I think we have seen value in terms of the strategies that we have pursued.”

The funds expended to date are from a total of $5.5 billion, which the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service has provided since April.

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