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Hospital infrastructure improvements require an investment of $1.5 million in addition to $3,015,000 for the new equipment.
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Published Friday, August 28, 2020

$4.5 million-plus investment in
psychiatric hospital for
covid-19 patients

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Thursday, Social Security authorities urged the General Comptroller for authorization to make improvements and install equipment in the National Psychiatric Hospital, in Pavas Dristric, San José Province, which will be used for the care of covid-19 patients.

"The increase in patients due to the pandemic is pointing us to enable new spaces for patient attention, the National Psychiatric Hospital will join in this work and it is necessary to readjust its infrastructure and equipment according to the needs of the treatment of these patients,” said Román Macaya Hayes, president of Social Security.

According to Social Security, infrastructure improvements require an investment of $1.5 million in addition to $3,015,000 for the new equipment.

According to Macaya, Social Security resources are limited. No health system can cope with this pandemic if there is an increase in cases that exceed the capacity of care. He made a call to residents to "be disciplined in complying with health measures."

In the hospital, four modules will be open with 200 beds for patients who are in the final phase of recovery from covid-19.

According to Jorge Granados Soto, Infrastructure Manager, to enable these four modules improvements are necessary for the ceilings, electrical systems, medical gas systems, air conditioning systems, air injection and extraction systems will be installed, among others.

Also will be necessary to buy specialized equipment such as multi-position beds, medicine carts, mobile diagnostic equipment, electrocardiographs, vital signs monitors, among others.

Social Security has been improving public hospitals to provide more rooms and equipment for the care of covid19 patients, as the number of people infected increases throughout the country.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Ministry of Health provided the following statistics on the status of the virus in the country:

985 new covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 22,424 active cases. The ages of patients infected range from a three-month-old baby to a 99-year-old person.

8,889 foreign-born people have been infected of the 37,292 cases since March, approximately 23.8% of the total cases.

• 395 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 132 patients are in Intensive Care Units in delicate health conditions, 263 patients are in recovery rooms. Most of the infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 14,471 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 38.8% recovery rate.

• 89,168 people have been ruled out.

• 140,722 medical covid-19 tests have been made.

397 deaths of people infected with covid-19 since March, approximately 1,1% death rate. Of these 153 were women and 244 men. The ages range from 21 to a 100-year-old person.

Since July 30, the ministry announced they will not provide updated information on immigrants who die from covid-19 in the country. Up to then, authorities reported 30 foreign-born people had died from covid-19 since March.

Readers can see the updated number of total patients in each district at the National Distance Education University on its Covid-19 Map.

As of Thursday night, the pandemic has  killed 831,586 patients worldwide, according to recent statistics reported by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

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