On Tuesday, President Sebastián Piñera highlighted the measures taken to contain the situation created by the global Covid-19 pandemic and called on everyone in Chile to work together to overcome this health crisis.
“The next few weeks will be the hardest and will require the very best from all of us,” the President said during a visit to the National Health Service System Supply Center (Cenabast) with Health Minister Jaime Mañalich.
The President highlighted that Chile has been preparing for this situation since January by strengthening the healthcare system. The construction of five new hospitals was brought forward and the number of beds, critical care beds, mechanical ventilators and stocks of personal protection equipment have all been significantly increased. More staff have been recruited and doctors trained.
These measures have been complemented by others that are directly focused on protecting the population, such as the health alert in February, the declaration of a state of emergency, the national curfew in March, the closure of borders, closure of educational establishments, and the setting up of cordons sanitaires, health customs posts and the imposition of quarantine, which is currently in place in 30 municipalities, affecting 5.8 million Chileans.
The President visited the National Health Service System Supply Center (Cenabast), which has already dispatched over 103 million medical supplies including disposable gloves, aprons, face shields, hand sanitizer (alcohol gel), N95 masks and hypoallergenic surgical masks to the country’s entire healthcare system.
“Everyone in our healthcare system is working tirelessly and giving everything they can to meet the challenge of providing the healthcare that our fellow Chileans - all of our fellow Chileans - need,” he added.
The President emphasized that Chile is one of the countries carrying out the most tests to identify people who may be infected with the virus and has one of the lowest death rates.
“During these difficult times, during these times of difficulties, during these times of adversity, I am fully confident that, with the collaboration of all Chileans, with the effort and contributions of all of our people and with the help of God, we will be able to overcome the Coronavirus health pandemic and we will be able to overcome the social pandemic of the recession,” President Piñera concluded.