GREAT BAY:— As part of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labour continued efforts to the community for areas where water is still not safe to drink, Global Medic in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labour distributed an approximate 150 rain fresh water filter systems throughout various communities.
The benefits of the water filtration system include, practical and easily assembled, within 5 minutes without any tools, ability to filter any type of water (except salt) water and as such eliminates harmful bacteria and removes sediments, produces 5 gallons of clean drinking water within 6 hours, easy to clean, reusable and easily stored away. Another positive spin-off is that the water filtration system is economical, in particular in large household or persons with a moderate income and cannot afford to continuously purchase bottled water. The distribution of these water filters has generated very favorable results in the much-needed communities in St. Maarten.
“Providing access to potable drinking water is vital for the health of those in our community, therefore we are grateful for the donation from Global Medic as it has created that access while GEBE and the Ministry of VSA work tirelessly to restore potable water to all districts, “stated Minister Lee.
In an invited press statement, Minister Lee also thanked the Department of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs (CDFHA) which was instrumental in the coordination and distribution of these water filters throughout identified communities with disrupted water supplies since the passing of the hurricanes; namely South Reward, Philipsburg, Middle Region and Hope Estate/Guana Bay area, and Global Medic which is an international aid agency that sends Canadian volunteers around the world to aid in the aftermath of disasters and crises with critical short-term interventions such as medical, water, search and rescue and shelter.