UK supports T&T Prison Service during COVID-19

British High Commissioner Tim Stew

British High Commissioner Tim Stew MBE officially handed over new sanitising mist tunnels to the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service on Tuesday. The handover took place at the Maximum Security Prison and was attended by Commissioner Dennis Pulchan, Commissioner of Prisons; Ms. Tonya Ayow, Acting Director, CARICOM IMPACS and officials from all partner organisations.

In total, 10 locally designed and produced mist tunnels and the necessary supplies, valued at over £20,000, have been commissioned through a project partnership with CARICOM IMPACS and funding from the UK Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (UK CSSF).

Commenting on the handover British High Commissioner Tim Stew MBE, said he was pleased that, as part of our wider international and regional effort they were able to work with their partner CARICOM IMPACS to respond to COVID 19 protection needs at the prison.

“I hope that this British contribution through the donation of these tunnels will help prison officials and prison populations in Trinidad and Tobago safe. This support to Trinidad and Tobago comes as the UK continues to encourage a strong and co-ordinated global health response to the coronavirus. In the Caribbean, £100,000 has been allocated to supporting correctional institutions in 12 countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, with sanitising products and equipment,” he said.

He also shared that it is part of the UK’s wider effort to encourage global partnership to tackle the pandemic. Since the outbreak of the virus, the UK has co-hosted the Global Coronavirus Response Initiative on 4 May, which raised $7 billion for research and development on vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics.