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The donated equipment was purchased with the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives  - Social Security photo -


Published Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Canada and IOM donate medical
equipment worth $22,000-plus

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government of Canada, through its embassy and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), donated medical equipment to Social Security.

The donation included three portable electrocardiographs, two portable medicine coolers and five oxygen concentrators valued at approximately $22,882, which were purchased with the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives, Social Security said in its statement.

The donated equipment is part of the government's contribution to support the most vulnerable people, especially those in the North Zone of the country, Nuala Lawlor, representative of the Canadian Embassy said.

The equipment received will be managed by the Center for Attention to Emergencies and Disasters and installed in the Mobile Medical Unit in Los Chiles Hospital in Alajuela province.

According to Alejandro Bonilla-Herrera, from the Center, the donated electric refrigerators are portable, high-tech and will allow the temperature to be maintained in adequate ranges for the safe transport of medicines and vaccines from one unit to another.

“This will allow us to move to different parts of the country, between clinics, hospitals or mobile medical units, the medicine safely and cold,” Bonilla said.

Portable electrocardiographs analyze the activity of the hearts to detect cardiac health issues. Oxygen concentrators are equipment that divides oxygen from other gases through filters and supplies it to the patient with respiratory issues.

This donation is of great importance for health workers caring for patients with covid-19 in the northern area of the country, along the border with Nicaragua.

According to the updated report of the Ministry of Health on Tuesday, the virus continues to spread around the country:

1,013 new covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 31,118 active cases.

14,490 foreign-born people have been infected with a total of 82,142 cases since March, approximately 17.6% of the total cases. Of these, authorities confirmed the death of 32 foreign-born patients.

• 574 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 214 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions (ages range from a 1-year-old baby to an 89-year-old person). And 360 patients are in recovery rooms. The majority of the rest of the infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 50,020 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 60.9% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

• 147,175 people have been ruled out.

• 245,515 medical covid-19 tests have been made.

1,004 deaths of people infected with covid-19, approximately 1.2% death rate of the total cases since March. Of these 381 were women and 623 men. The ages range from 18 to a 100-year-old person.

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 Tuesday night, the pandemic has killed 1,039,802 patients worldwide, according to recent statistics reported by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

What have you heard of immigrants infected with covid-19 requiring medical attention in your community? 
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