NP assists front line healthcare workers and socially vulnerable during COVID-19 crisis


The Trinidad & To­ba­go Na­tion­al Pe­tro­le­um Mar­ket­ing Com­pa­ny Lim­it­ed (NP) has en­gaged in sev­er­al ini­tia­tives to en­sure that front line health­care work­ers, as well as se­nior cit­i­zens and the so­cial­ly vul­ner­a­ble, are not left be­hind in the cur­rent COVID-19 cri­sis.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease is­sued by NP to­day, the com­pa­ny has pro­vid­ed health­care pro­fes­sion­als with free gas cards, as well as do­nat­ed hun­dreds of food ham­pers to the so­cial­ly vul­ner­a­ble, via key co­or­di­na­tor, FEEL.

NP al­so says it has helped bring med­ical per­son­nel from Cu­ba at a much low­er cost to the state’s cof­fers.

The full text of the state­ment from NP on its ini­tia­tives, fol­lows…

NP PRO­VIDES SUP­PORT DUR­ING COVID-19 TO HEALTH­CARE WORK­ERS AND THE SO­CIAL­LY VUL­NER­A­BLE

The Trinidad & To­ba­go Na­tion­al Pe­tro­le­um Mar­ket­ing Com­pa­ny Lim­it­ed (NP) has joined the col­lec­tive fight against COVID-19 by do­ing more to sup­port house­holds, front­line work­ers, low-in­come fam­i­lies and the el­der­ly in mean­ing­ful and tan­gi­ble ways. In ad­di­tion to the proac­tive mea­sures tak­en through­out its Ser­vice Sta­tion net­work to min­i­mize the spread of the virus, NP’s COVID-19 re­lief ac­tiv­i­ties range from food ham­per dis­tri­b­u­tion, free gas cards for health­care pro­fes­sion­als, free Liq­ue­fied Pe­tro­le­um Gas (LPG) ex­changes for vul­ner­a­ble se­nior cit­i­zens and the waiv­er of re­fu­elling costs for the flight to bring med­ical per­son­nel from Cu­ba to T&T.

NP has scaled up its re­lief op­er­a­tions to re­spond to the di­verse needs of those im­pact­ed by the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic in the fol­low­ing ways:

• Dis­tri­b­u­tion of 20lb Gas Cylin­ders to Se­nior Cit­i­zens – armed with a list of vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als pro­vid­ed by the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment and Fam­i­ly Ser­vices, NP GAS has be­gun fa­cil­i­tat­ing the de­liv­ery and ex­change of emp­ty 20lb LPG / Cook­ing Gas cylin­ders for FREE full ones, for more than 1,000 se­nior cit­i­zens across Trinidad and To­ba­go, free of charge. The need to self-iso­late, to keep safe has de­prived many se­niors of their lev­el of in­de­pen­dence and free­dom of mo­bil­i­ty. Be­ing house­bound, many who live alone are re­strict­ed in their abil­i­ty to re­plen­ish much-need­ed sup­plies and this ini­tia­tive is NP’s way of help­ing, while keep­ing them safe.

• Dis­tri­b­u­tion of FREE Gas Cards – in recog­ni­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for health­care work­ers and sup­port­ing staff, free gas cards will be giv­en out in the com­ing week to de­serv­ing em­ploy­ees iden­ti­fied by the Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ties (RHAs), name­ly the North-Cen­tral RHA, South-West RHA, North-West RHA, East­ern RHA and the To­ba­go RHA.

Tra­di­tion­al front­line health­care work­ers play a crit­i­cal role in this cri­sis and are to be praised for their courage and com­mit­ment. But there are many oth­er de­serv­ing staff in ad­min­is­tra­tive roles and sup­port ser­vices who rep­re­sent the full spec­trum of ser­vices across all health fa­cil­i­ties at the RHAs. In ex­press­ing his grat­i­tude for the kind ges­ture, Dr. Bri­an Ar­mour, CEO, South-West RHA ap­plaud­ed the tire­less ef­forts of RHA staff to “en­sure a san­i­tized and clean en­vi­ron­ment, sup­port pa­tient care and mo­bi­lize per­son­al health, equip­ment and con­sum­able re­sources quick­ly to sup­port front­line ef­forts” and he ac­knowl­edged that they are “all de­serv­ing of any sup­port and recog­ni­tion for their ef­forts.”

• Do­na­tion to the Foun­da­tion for the En­hance­ment and En­rich­ment of Life (FEEL) – NP has be­gun to work with FEEL for the pur­chase of re­lief food ham­pers for dis­tri­b­u­tion to civ­il so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions in need, in­clud­ing Fore­court At­ten­dants and oth­er Ser­vice Sta­tion per­son­nel who are brav­ing the out­break.

• Waiv­er of re­fu­elling costs for flight to bring Med­ical per­son­nel from Cu­ba – the cost of 21,274 litres of Jet A-1 fu­el was waivered to fa­cil­i­tate the flight that trans­port­ed med­ical per­son­nel from Cu­ba to Trinidad and To­ba­go, to help in man­ag­ing the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic.

NP has risen to the chal­lenge to sup­port fam­i­lies, front­line health­care pro­fes­sion­als and vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als af­fect­ed by this pan­dem­ic and will con­tin­ue to work with trust­ed NGOs and our val­ued LPG Dis­trib­u­tors to help peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties cope with the un­prece­dent­ed health, so­cial and eco­nom­ic chal­lenges pro­duced by the pan­dem­ic.





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