Published Tuesday, September 22, 2020
The U.S. government donates $15,000
of PPE to indigenous schools
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The U.S. government through its embassy in Costa Rica donated personal protection equipment to Rey Curré indigenous community and seven more schools from indigenous territories of the Brunca Region in the Pacific Coast of the southern zone of the country.
According to the embassy, the donation done through the Office of Defense Representative Humanitarian Assistance Program includes hand washing stations, face shields, digital thermometers, paper towels, liquid soap, gel sanitizer, surgical masks, cloth masks, gloves, and trash cans.
"This donation is valued at $15,000, and it is part of the more than $2 million that the U.S. Embassy has given to the Costa Rican social security system to address the sanitary emergency due to covid-19," the embassy said in its statement.
This is the third donation in less than one month, by the U.S. government to the country supporting the national sanitary crisis due to the pandemic.
On Sept. 10, the embassy donated medical supplies to the National Emergencies Commission through the U.S. Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Program.
This donation, valued at $588,000, included 40,300 surgical masks, 6,700 N95 masks, 6,000 face shields, 165 portable hand washing stations, 16 field tents for 16 people, 10 field tents for 40 people.
According to the U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day, this donation demonstrates U.S. support to Costa Rica in fighting the world pandemic. “I have no doubt that the U.S. and Costa Rica will persevere because together we have, together we can, and together we will overcome every hardship,” she said.
On Aug. 24, the United States Southern Command donated three field hospitals to Social Security, as part of the U.S. government's ongoing assistance to nations responding to the global pandemic.
These field hospitals are valued at $375,000 each, with a totaling donation valued at $1,125,000.
“In times like these, we can only overcome the difficulties we face together as neighbors, communities, and governments. We stand shoulder to shoulder with Costa Rica during these unprecedented times," ambassador Day said. "We hope that these mobile hospitals will not only provide critical medical support for those in need, but also reinforce the unshakeable alliance between the United States and Costa Rica.”
Each field hospital is equipped with water distribution and air conditioning systems, electricity generators, power distributors and can shelter up to 40 patients in each hospital.
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