New Hospital in Guatemala has the latest technology donated by the sugar mills and will treat COVID-19 patients
The Guatemalan Sugar Industry donated to the Guatemalan Government 10 thousand square metters to build a hospital, and also US$1 million to buy equipment and furniture, to help people affected by COVID-19, after the pandemic, this new hospital will remain as one of the most important health centers in the south of the country
This September 2nd, representatives of the Guatemalan Sugar Association -ASAZGUA-, among them Alfredo Vila and Luis Miguel Paiz, president and general manager, respectively; participated in the inauguration ceremony of the “Santa Lucia Hospital” together with the President of the Republic, Alejandro Giammattei and Government authorities. Initially conceived for the care of COVID-19 patients, this hospital will be permanent for the benefit of the inhabitants of the South of Guatemala.
As part of the commitment and solidarity with Guatemalans and especially with the people of the South of the country, the Guatemalan Sugar Industry contributed US$1 million for the purchase of more than 750 items necessary to equip the hospital. Among which high technology stands out, such as respirators, equipment for clinical laboratory analysis, ultrasound and X-rays, cephalic cameras, incubator, anesthesia machine, cardiovascular imaging system, vital signs monitors; as well as furniture ranging from intensive care beds, washing machines and industrial dryers, among others.
Likewise, the sugar mills through Asazgua made the donation of the land where the hospital was built, which has 10 thousand square meters and is located 92 kilometers from Guatemala City at the CA-2 highway in the jurisdiction of Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, Escuintla.
“The donation that the Guatemala Sugar Industry has made to the people of the South of the country has been very well channeled by the Government. It is a source of pride for all of us that we now have a hospital with technology to provide excellent medical care to the entire population of the South of Guatemala, for whom we have so much affection”, said Alfredo Vila, president of Asazgua.
Luis Miguel Paiz, general manager of Asazgua, highlighted that the Guatemalan Sugar Industry has promoted and supported actions to face the pandemic, such as the donation of basic protective equipment for 917 sanitation workers on the South of Guatemala, as well as the contribution of 110,251 pounds of fortified sugar with vitamin A for the food boxes, which the Government delivered to thousands of families in vulnerable situations.