The President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, received a shipment of 117 mechanical ventilators on Friday, which will help the healthcare network to address the crisis caused by the global coronavirus pandemic.
The President supervised the arrival of a Chilean Air Force (FACH) plane from China, which transported the ventilators donated by the Confederation of Production and Commerce (CPC), which forms part of a public-private partnership to increase the supply of medical equipment and supplies to combat the coronavirus.
"The coronavirus pandemic has been a threat and a huge challenge. But we are getting ready so are able to respond to the needs of the people of Chile,” the President said. He inspected the shipment of ventilators at FACH Group 10, along with CPC President Juan Sutil, Health Minister Jaime Mañalich, Defense Minister Alberto Espina, Foreign Affairs Minister Teodoro Ribera, and Economy, Development and Tourism Minister Lucas Palacios.
This shipment is additional to the 72 ventilators that arrived last Saturday and is one of the measures introduced by the Government to reinforce the national healthcare network with infrastructure, equipment and medical supplies to deal with the global coronavirus pandemic.
These measures include purchasing ventilators, masks, alcohol gel, gloves and face protectors, and bringing forward the opening of hospitals in Padre Las Casas, Angol, Viña del Mar, Ovalle and Cerrillos in Santiago, which will add a combined total of 1,700 beds to the public healthcare network.
"We can now say to the people of Chile that if they need medical treatment or hospitalization, they will get it; if they need an intensive care bed or a mechanical ventilator, then they are going to get them,” President Piñera said.