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Baywest to bring in $50m of COVID-19 equipment

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2021 | 12:21 AM

Baywest Wellness Hospital has signed off on a US$338,000 ($50.3-million) purchase order with medical technology company TPT Global Tech Inc, for polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, testing equipment, PCR test kits, and a SaaS, or software as a service, licensing agreement.

Access to rapid antigen COVID-19 tests is currently offered to passengers travelling to the United States, Jamaica’s largest source market.

Baywest recently entered a deal with Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston to provide rapid antigen COVID-19 tests to outgoing travellers.

The arrangement with the American company will see Baywest Wellness acting as the local hospital for TPT Medtech’s QuikLAB.

TPT MedTech said in a press release that it will supply Baywest Wellness with monthly testing supplies, in return for a fee per test conducted. The company estimates that it will take approximately two to three weeks to deliver the PCR testing equipment to Jamaica and complete the software onboarding and training activities, starting around mid-February.

karena.bennett@gleanerjm.com