(CMR) The Cayman Islands recently launched a database that tracks personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies available nationally.
The database also maintains a log of similar supplies available at key private medical facilities.
Developed as part of measures to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic, the database was compiled and is being updated by Deputy Auditor General Patrick Smith, the Chair of the Relief Aid Management Emergency Support Team (EST) of the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC).
The database was created using data from both public and private hospitals providing data existing and on-order PPEs as well as sharing estimates of the relevant supplies needed for the COVID-19 response.
All data was centrally compiled and formatted into a dashboard for ease of reference.
The register, which was compiled over a period of few days, is a dynamic register and is updated daily.
It is currently being used to provide policy/decision-makers with real-time information on the quantities of PPE, and other key items on hand, in transit or accessible from affiliated medical facilities.
HSA CEO Lizzette Yearwood said the database is proving to be a strategic tool for inventory and procurement management for the COVID-19 response.
“The Cayman Islands Government is continuously working to procure all the necessary items needed to effectively respond to COVID-19. This living document allows us to make sound decisions by ensuring that any given time we have a clear picture of what is accessible within the country and what will be accessible soon,” said Yearwood.
Minister of Health, Dwayne Seymour, thanked the NEOC, HSA and all who contributed to the establishment of the national register for the contributions to the strategic response to COVID-19.
Organisations participating in the national register include Health Services Authority, CTMH Doctors Hospital, Health City, and the National Emergency Operations Centre/Cayman Islands Government.