Published Friday, September 11, 2020
The U.S. government donates almost
$600,000 in health supplies
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The U.S. government, through the United States Southern Command, USSOUTHCOM, donated health supplies valued at $588,000 to the National Emergency Commission on Thursday.
"The United States supports Costa Rica in the fight against the health emergency caused by the covid-19 pandemic," the embassy said in its statement.
The donation includes surgical and N95 masks, portable sinks, face masks and tents.
The video of the delivery of medical supplies can be viewed on the U.S. Embassy's Facebook page.
This is the second highest-value in donations that the U.S. government has made in less than a month.
On August 24, the U.S. government donated three Mobile Medical Units valued at $1,125,000 to Social Security.
Each unit has five modules that can be used independently or interconnected. The donation includes a total of 15 modules that add up to a total usable area of 729 square meters.
The new units, totaling 120 beds for the care of covid-19 patients, were needed to support public hospitals during the pandemic. Units are quick and easy to assemble. They are made of high-quality materials: aluminum, fire-resistant vinyl, capable of withstanding various climates and weather conditions, including rain, winds and tropical environments.
These units have an electric plant, lighting, independent air conditioning systems, a water supply system from an external drinking source, an internal cover of thermal covering and portable sinks to facilitate clean hygiene for officials and patients.
According to Sharon Day, the U.S. Ambassador, the donation is one more example of how much the U.S. values its relationship with Costa Rica and how much the government values Costa Rica's commitment to respond to the pandemic. "In times like the ones we live in, we can only overcome difficulties if we face that together as neighbors, communities and governments," Ambassador Day said. "We stand shoulder to shoulder with Costa Rica in these unprecedented times. We hope that these mobile medical units will provide medical care to all who need it and reinforce the unbreakable alliance between our countries."
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