OECS Commission relief operations after hurricane Irma and Maria - Update October 3 2017

OECS Commission relief operations after hurricane Irma and Maria - Update October 3 2017

OECS Media release

In the light of the mobilization to contribute to the recovery of OECS Member States impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the OECS Commission would like to bring to your attention the following operations completed on October 3:

1. A Venezuelan C 130 aircraft collected food and water supplies from Grenada to deliver at Douglas Charles airport.

2. A Venezuelan helicopter ensured delivery of food from the airport and the ports to the remote communities of Dominica.

3. The prescription of medications has been completed by the OECS Pharmaceutical Procurement Service for 200 elderly persons in the Soufriere area who required specialized treatment. The medications were dropped by helicopter on September 29.

4. Arrangements were made for the rental of a boat and the purchase of oxygen supplies to support the creation of a self-sufficient clinic managed by a non-profit organization comprising health professionals from the Dominican diaspora

5. Support from the Commission has been provided to the German Consulate and the GIZ to ensure the delivery of essential supplies by boat in Soufriere.

6. 17 counselling specialists were sent to Antigua to reach Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands through the “Return to Happiness Program” funded by UNICEF. They aim at providing assistance to people in post-traumatic situation especially children.

Further information will be communicated in the next daily note

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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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