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Guam commits supplies and treatment to help FSM with first wave of Covid-19 | New

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam will help a regional neighbor manage its first big wave of Covid-19, following a Friday morning meeting between Guam Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo.

Leon Guerrero spoke to the Guam Daily Post after the talks, confirming that she had signed up and arranged for the delivery of personal protective equipment and medicine to help treat the virus.

She also confirmed that she would support efforts to get help from the federal government — whether it comes directly from the White House, the Department of the Interior, the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the Department. of state.

A federal health official, in Guam en route to the FSMs, will bring treatments from Guam government stockpiles, including the antiviral drug Paxlovid. The shipment, which is about a week’s supply, Leon Guerrero said, will be replenished by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

“These are the types of working relationships we want to pursue,” she said.

Times of crisis

Panuelo issued a special address on Thursday and apologized for not being in the WSF “in this time of crisis”.

“Many of you get sick or see your family get sick, and lives and livelihoods are affected. You are hungry for information and hungry for solutions. My duty is to provide them to you,” he said.

Authorities, while linking the new cases to repatriation flights, could not find the origin of the FSM’s first wave of Covid-19, with thousands of cases.

“What’s most important now that the virus is here is that we work together to protect our country,” Panuelo said. What I ask is that all of us as Micronesians continue to see each other as brothers and sisters and treat each other with love. We are all in there.”

Guam’s governor noted that FSMs will benefit from a high vaccination rate because Covid-19 patients who have been vaccinated, on the whole, do not require hospitalization.

“It’s good because their health system is very, very fragile. So they are afraid of overwhelming (their hospital),” she said.

Further aid, such as any Guam-based personnel who may be deployed to the FSMs, will depend on an upcoming needs assessment and assistance from federal or international groups.

“They are very connected to the (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), so I’m pretty sure the CDC guided them all the way,” said Leon Guerrero, before noting that many professionals FSM health professionals, such as nurses, receive CDC or HHS training, or a combination.

“I think they have the expertise,” said Leon Guerrero.