BCS Community Alliance delivers Medical Equipment and Supplies

The Baja California Sur Community Alliance (BCSCA) continues with its commitment to provide PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for frontline health personnel and supply supplemental medical resources to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just over two months after the activities of the Alliance (BCSCA) began, their numbers report $100,000 dollars in equipment and medical supplies have been delivered to the 15 institutions that have requested support; including the Red Cross in Los Cabos and La Paz, the hospitals assigned to COVID treatment by the BCS Health Secretariat, and the public health care hospitals and clinics of IMSS and ISSSTE, and naval installations.

Since its founding, the Alliance established that a third of its fundraising goal would be allocated to provide complementary medical aid, supplementing the needs of the health institutions responsible for managing the pandemic.

“Initially the focus was on ensuring that frontline personnel dealing with COVID patients had the necessary PPE to carry out their tasks safely.” Marisa Comella, member of the Alliance (BCSCA) council.

The logistical effort for the procurement of personal protective equipment has been titanic since there is a great demand for this type of articles worldwide and the geographical location of Baja California Sur requires both import and delivery efforts, in addition to the complexity of finding the necessary items with specific characteristics for use in health institutions treating COVID patients. The most complicated and expensive to source have been overalls and N95 masks, Comella said.

As the pandemic progresses the needs of frontline medical personnel and health institutions continue. The Alliance’s commitment is to continue supplementing the needs of the health sector in BCS during this pandemic, adjusting the approach according to the evolution of this crisis.

Initially the priority was the supply of protective equipment, as things have evolved, now there is a need for equipment to perform COVID screening tests. The members of the Alliance (BCSCA) continually work to respond in a timely and transparent manner to the requests they receive from the health institutions across the state and plan a coordinated strategy to respond to the challenges that this health crisis represents for our community.

Report in numbers:

In these two months of work, more than 115 thousand pieces of N95 respirators, double and triple layer facemasks, surgical coats and gowns, nitrile and latex gloves, safety glasses and goggles have been delivered; as well as antibacterial gel and other sanitation supplies. In addition to this, the Alliance has ordered more than $350,000 dollars of new equipment, including testing supplies and hardware, which is of great importance as the economy in BCS reopens and mobility increases.

You can continue supporting the Alliance, so we are all part of a strong community!

For donations and volunteering visit the official website https://www.acbcs.org.mx/

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