Republic of Korea, UNICEF provide 40,000 high-quality face masks to Guyana for COVID-19 response

KF94 masks will protect frontline health and child protection workers

Gaulbert Sutherland
Republic of Korea and UNICEF hands over 40 000 masks to Guyana
UNICEF Guyana 2021
11 April 2021

The Republic of Korea, through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has donated 40,000 pieces of high-quality KF94 face masks to the Government of Guyana to help frontline health and child protection workers protect themselves from becoming infected with COVID-19. The masks, which have been delivered to the ministries of Health, and Human Services and Social Security respectively, can filter out SARS-CoV-2 particles which are responsible for the COVID-19 disease.

At brief handover ceremonies today, UNICEF Representative Mr. Nicolas Pron said that the donation stemmed from the long-standing partnership between the Republic of Korea and UNICEF. “Our healthcare and child protection workers are on the frontlines everyday ensuring that children, families, and all Guyana are able to receive necessary services and it is important that they receive the best protection possible to enable them to continue their hard work. This donation will contribute positively towards protecting those key frontline workers as all partners work to contain and end the pandemic,” said Mr. Pron.

 Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Guyana Mr. Ramesh Dookhoo, Minister of Human Services and Social Security Dr Vindhya Persaud, and UNICEF Representative Mr. Nicolas Pron at the symbolic handover of high-quality KF94 face masks
UNICEF Guyana 2021
From left, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Guyana Mr. Ramesh Dookhoo, Minister of Human Services and Social Security Dr Vindhya Persaud, and UNICEF Representative Mr. Nicolas Pron at the symbolic handover of 20,000 pieces of high-quality KF94 face masks to the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security on 9 April 2021. The total donation amounts to 40,000 masks donated by the Republic of Korea, through UNICEF for frontline workers.

"This donation of masks is our expression of solidarity and cooperation with the government and the people of Guyana in dealing with the pandemic. It is my sincere hope that this donation will help towards overcoming the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in Guyana," said Mr. Seung-chul Yeo, Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Caracas, Venezuela. "I also would like to extend my gratitude to UNICEF for its hard work and cooperation, in particular for the coordination and final handover of this donation," Mr. Yeo added.

Minister of Health of Guyana, the Hon. Dr Frank Anthony welcomed the donation. “The Government of Guyana thanks the Government and people of the Republic of Korea, and UNICEF for their generous donation which will assist in the protection of our health care workers, who are working tirelessly to provide the highest standard of care for their patients,” said Dr. Anthony. 

Minister of Human Services and Social Security, the Hon. Dr Vindhya Persaud also expressed appreciation. “We would like to convey our thanks to the Government and people of South Korea for this timely contribution. It is deeply appreciated, as the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security’s frontline workers have been, continue to and will be continuing to deliver services to the vulnerable, including the elderly, the differently abled and persons who need their pension and public assistance. The personal protective equipment will ensure our frontline workers remain safe because it is not only about the delivery of services and ensuring people get these services but is about keeping our officers safe because they have families and we appreciate their contribution every day. So thank you to the people of South Korea.” 

Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Guyana Mr. Ramesh Dookhoo (right), presents a token to Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony while UNICEF Representative Mr. Nicolas Pron looks on. The occasion was the handover of 20,000 pieces of high-quality KF94 face masks to the Ministry on 9 April 2021.
UNICEF Guyana 2021
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Guyana Mr. Ramesh Dookhoo (right), presents a token to Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony while UNICEF Representative Mr. Nicolas Pron looks on. The occasion was the handover of 20,000 pieces of high-quality KF94 face masks to the Ministry on 9 April 2021.
Minister of Human Services and Social Security Dr Vindhya Persaud speaks with UNICEF Representative Mr. Nicolas Pron and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Guyana Mr. Ramesh Dookhoo at the symbolic handover of 20,000 pieces of high-quality KF94 face masks to the Ministry on 9 April 2021.
UNICEF Guyana 2021
Minister of Human Services and Social Security Dr Vindhya Persaud speaks with UNICEF Representative Mr. Nicolas Pron and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Guyana Mr. Ramesh Dookhoo at the symbolic handover of 20,000 pieces of high-quality KF94 face masks to the Ministry on 9 April 2021.

Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Guyana, Mr. Ramesh Dookhoo, who was present at the handover, remarked, “On behalf of the government and people of the Republic of  Korea, I am extremely proud to be associated with this donation from the collective UNICEF effort to distribute masks all across the world and especially to Guyana, a country that has enjoyed extremely good relations with the Republic of Korea over many years. I know that this donation will make a huge difference to the lives of many children and frontline workers in Guyana. Let us as two nations continue to cooperate to better the lives of all of our peoples.”

Through UNICEF, the Government of the Republic of Korea is providing 4.6 million high-quality KF94 face masks to 24 countries in Africa and Latin America. KF stands for ‘Korean filter’ and 94 refers to the filtration efficiency, which means how good the mask is at filtering out particles, in this case, 94%.