Jocotepec expands its capacity to treat Covid-19 patients.
There are now five ventilators in Jocotepec’s two medical institutions for treatment or transfer of patients as needed.
The ventilators had a joint cost of $324,800 pesos.
Miguel Cerna.- The Government of Jocotepec increased its capacity to care for severe coronavirus patients with the acquisition of two mechanical ventilators. Ventilators are essential for the care of delicate patients, so the municipality opted to acquire two: one that will be used exclusively for the transfer of patients who are intubated and the other for internal hospitalization in the Municipal Medical Unit.
«In a contingency of a serious patient, it is difficult for our doctors or paramedics to give ventilatory assistance for hours, so the additional machine is going to facilitate the transfer of a seriously infected patient who is hospitalized here,” explained the head of the area, Rafael Gómez Rodríguez.
The two artificial respirators, which cost $324 800 pesos in addition to eight additional hospital beds installed at the Municipal Clinic, will be added to the three that are available in the Jocotepec Community Hospital (HCJ), so the municipality has a total of five. Also, on April 14, the HCJ transferred one of the 4 mobile isolation units to the Municipal Medical Unit for the transfer of patients suspected or confirmed of coronavirus. The units were donated by a private company.
For his part, the municipal president, José Miguel Gómez López , said that because it is necessary to have mechanical ventilators on hand to attend to respiratory problems or accidents, the Covid-19 pandemic required the municipality to acquire additional units.
“We made the acquisition, even though we had budget cuts and there are no resources and Municipal funds are not being raised. Despite this we managed to make the purchase with $324,800 pesos for the two ventilators , so that we will be able to treat additional patients or move them safely to other hospitals, «he said. He also congratulated the nine doctors, six nurses, ten paramedics and other health and emergency personnel, who are «facing» this situation.
Until the April 29 reporting cutoff, Jocotepec recorded zero positive cases, 22 negative cases, zero suspects and no deaths of people with Covid-19, according to federation figures. (translated by Patrick O’Heffernan)
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