Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development
Release Date:
Friday, 26 June 2020 - 6:00pm

The Ministry Health and Social Development received 4,500 KN95 face masks courtesy of Drakes Traders Limited.

Assistant Manager Ms. Michelle Rymer made the donation valued over $20,000 USD on behalf of the Managing Director Mr. Christian Esser of Drakes Traders Limited on June 25.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone expressed gratitude to Drakes Traders Limited for being a good corporate citizen over the years and for  providing the face masks which are required personal protective equipment (PPE) to be worn in public spaces, businesses and establishments as a safety measure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Irad Potter also thanked Drakes Traders Limited for the generous donation that would also aid the Public Health Division, particularly the Environmental Health Unit who remains on the frontlines to inspect businesses and provide health screenings as British Virgin Islands nationals and permanent residents return back into the Territory.

Drakes Traders Limited was founded by Dieter Esser in 1984, and is a leading supplier for home and commercial improvements and building materials in the British Virgin Islands.

The Ministry of Health and Social Development aspires to provide a caring and integrated system of health and social services that facilitates human development and improves the quality of life in the Virgin Islands.


Adrianna J. Soverall

Ministry of Health and Social Development
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Telephone: 1(284)468-2272 or 2174