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OECS Benefits from Flu Tablets Donated by the Government of Brazil

OECS Benefits from Flu Tablets Donated by the Government of Brazil

OECS Media Release

The Government of Brazil reaffirmed its support to the OECS by making an additional donation of 50,000 tablets of Tamiflu® further to the donation of PCR COVID-19 tests to OECS Member States in December 2020.  

The stock of Oseltamivir capsules (Tamiflu®) was donated by the Government of Brazil on January 12th, 2022 at the Embassy of Brazil in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. The handover was made by Brazilian Ambassador H.E. Mr. Anuar Nahes to two official representatives of the OECS in attendance, namely Head of the OECS Pool Procurement Services Roselyne Opel, and Senior Technical Specialist at the OECS Pharmaceutical Procurement Service Mr. Abraham S. Weekes.

The 50,000 tablets will be donated to the Ministry of Health of the Commonwealth of Dominica in time for the Influenza Season, which usually starts in fall (September-December) and ends in Spring (March-June). 

Handling symbolically a sample of the 50,000 tablets of Oseltamivir to be forwarded to the Commonwealth of Dominica, Ambassador Nahes stated:

“I express hereby my satisfaction with this new opportunity to strengthen the ties of humanitarian cooperation between Brazil and the OECS, and reiterate the availability of my country to explore further collaboration opportunities in the area of health”. 

Accepting the kind donation, Mr. Abraham Weekes, Senior Technical Specialist at the OECS Pharmaceutical Procurement Services, noted that:

"For the past three decades, flu activity has peaked at some point between the months of October and February but tapers off by April which is why this donation is very timely. Persons who suffer from the flu are prone to serious complications if they contract the COVID-19 virus. The combination of both diseases that has been observed recently is now being referred to as "flurona". Tamiflu®, has been used fairly regularly and has proven to reduce the duration of the Flu when being used at the first signs of symptoms of the Flu."

Further to this collaboration, the Government of Brazil and the OECS have deepened cooperation in key development areas including agriculture. For example, agricultural stakeholders of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines benefited from the support of the Brazilian government through the donation of seeds as part of the recovery efforts after the eruption of the La Soufrière Volcano in April 2021.

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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