By Demion McTair. Updated 7:34 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – St. Vincent and the Grenadines received a donation of four (4) ventilators from Taiwan.
One News SVG contacted Health Minister, Luke Browne, about the development and he said the ventilators will be used at the newly opened Isolation Center at Argyle.
He said the ventilators are already at the facility.
The move comes amid the donation of 100,000 face masks, including surgical masks from Taiwan.
Simply put, a ventilator takes over the body’s breathing process when disease has caused the lungs to fail, BBC Health reports.
This gives the patient time to fight off the infection and recover, BBC Health says.
The World Health Organization says that some 80 percent of Covid-19 infected persons experience mild to moderate symptoms.
This means that the majority of Covid-19 infected persons would likely not use a ventilator.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines currently has 18 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of those, 14 have recovered and their cases were mild to moderate.
The health ministry says it is putting advanced measures in place to ensure the nation is prepared if COVID-19 the situation worsens.