Despite a significant slowdown in revenue from the sale of gasoline and diesel, petroleum giant Rubis has remained committed to the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontline workers across the Caribbean.
Today, Marketing Manager of Rubis Eastern Caribbean Andrea Gooding presented 4,000 masks (2000 surgical and 2000 K-N95) to the Chief Medical Officer Dr Anton Best for frontline healthcare workers as well as employees of the Barbados Prison Service.
“At the start of the shutdowns, we were quite concerned when we heard that some of the ministries in the countries where we operated really needed more of the essential equipment and we thought we would lend a hand and purchase some and donate them to the various ministries,” she told Barbados TODAY, moments after the presentation.
Rubis made similar donations to other regional governments from Antigua in the North all the way to Suriname in the South. Gooding had high praise for the Mia Mottley-administration’s handling of the coronavirus situation here.
“We really applaud the Government of Barbados not only for flattening the curve, but also ensuring that our frontline essential workers go home every single evening to the safety of their families. It is really our duty to support ongoing efforts to fight the spread of Covid-19,” she added.
The donation comes at a time when gas stations, which usually operate 24/7 have had to significantly reduce their hours in keeping with the national shutdown from March until early May.
Although this resulted in less sales at the pump, the marketing manager reported a tremendous improvement in the sale of Liquid Petroleum Gas as persons were confined to their homes.
“Although the downturn was in the amount of gasoline and diesel people were purchasing, in our LPG business, we recorded a sharp increase, because there were more people at home, which meant that more people wanted to get LPG,” Gooding explained.
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