May 17, 2021: The United States Government continues to partner with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in its national COVID-19 response efforts. The donation of two field hospitals, valued at $1.5 million USD, will provide the Ministry of Health with eighty additional hospital beds and help to reduce the current strain on the parallel healthcare system.
At the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s request, the U.S. Embassy expedited the delivery and setup of these hospitals, and with the assistance of the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force erected one hospital in Couva and the second at the Jean Pierre Complex. Subsequent to COVID-19, the hospitals can be used to provide essential medical services to the civilian population in the event of a disaster.
Chargé d’Affaires Shante Moore, the Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, and the Honorable Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh toured the field hospital at the Jean Pierre complex on May 17. Chargé Moore officially transferred ownership of the hospitals to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and commended the Prime Minister on his ongoing efforts to deal with the pandemic, emphasizing that “we must all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19.”