The BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) earlier today, August 24, was gifted with a brand new 25-ton air conditioning unit from Clarence Thomas Ltd (CTL) through its subsidiary company Tropical Air conditioning, to be located at the COVID-19 Testing Site situated outside the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital.
Managing Director at CTL Mr. Michael Thomas, said he and his spouse tested positive for COVID
-19 a month and a half ago, and they were required to come to the COVID
-19 Testing Site where they experienced the heat-first hand.
“When I walked into the area, with the health care professionals in their personal protective equipment, literally sweating. I turned to the nurse, and I said, “is this normal?” She said: “This isn’t just normal, today isn’t such a bad day.” And I said: “It’s hot in here how can you function?”
He said following that conversation; he commenced the process of getting a suitable air conditioning unit with CTL’s affiliate company Tropical Air conditioning.
“I know you guys are working under some every strenuous conditions, and whatever we can do as an organization, to assist we will continue to do so. Our company has prided itself over the years to continue to give back to the community,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ariel Smith of Tropical Air conditioning, who was also part of the ceremony, said he was pleased to be part of the CTL Cares initiative.
“All during this COVID
-19 pandemic, I have been brainstorming, trying to come up with some way in which the company could assist and when Michael called me that day to let me know what his thoughts were, I realized that this is exactly what we were waiting for. So I jumped on the phone, made some calls.”
He expressed that the unit was not 100 per cent ideal for the situation, but they had to select what was available at the time because the ideal unit would have taken up to six months to manufacture.
“We are pleased, we are happy that we could be a part of this initiative, and we stand committed that whatever could be done from our standpoint to assist the BVIHSA to be able to manage this pandemic.”
The unit was sourced in Puerto Rico and is cost approximately $17,000.
CEO of the BVIHSA Mrs. Cedorene Malone-Smith, and Health Minister Hon. Carvin Malone both expressed their gratitude for the gift.
“The BVIHSA cannot do it alone, so having public-private partnerships to help us get where we need to go and to improve our services is what we need,” Mrs. Malone-Smith said.
She said the staff have been working in the tent since March 2020, “so they are going to be quite happy that we found a way to address this issue, and we are grateful to you.”
“I am especially pleased with the level of corporate contributions that CTL have continued to do,” Hon. Malone said.