The Netherlands sends medical supplies including oxygen to Suriname every day. According to De Jonge, the outgoing minister, this is because of the country’s “bad coronavirus situation”. The number of medical staff departing from the Netherlands has also increased.
Due to the large number of corona patients in the hospital, the government of Suriname expanded the scale last night Highest risk level, code purple. Among other things, hospitals are struggling with hypoxia for patients with new coronary pneumonia, and the government says it can no longer guarantee public health.
In a supplementary press conference, President Santoqui said that additional oxygen may be provided from neighbouring French Guiana on Sunday. He also reported that relief supplies will arrive from the Netherlands next week.
Minister De Jonge wrote that these auxiliary equipment included oxygen containers. These containers will be transported to Suriname as soon as possible with the help of national defense. According to De Jonge, “in view of our special relationship with Suriname and the close relationship between our society”, the help from the Netherlands is obvious.
Suriname also lacks vaccines. At the press conference, Santokhi stated that the 500,000 to 750,000 doses of vaccine promised to be delivered from the Netherlands at the end of June will be partially supplied in advance. But De Jonge insisted in a letter to the parliament that deliveries start on June 21.
According to De Jonge, the next few days will determine what tools are needed and who can be sent to Suriname. Former RIVM boss Marc Sprenger will coordinate with the Netherlands Association of Hospitals (NVZ) and the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centers (NFU).