Costa Rica received a field hospital on Saturday from Panama to help improve treatment capacity for Covid-19.
The unit will be installed in the north parking lot of the San Vicente de PaÃºl Hospital in Heredia. Seventy-six patients with Covid-19 were hospitalized there on Friday.
The mobile medical unit will add 40 beds to the capacity of the Heredia hospital. It will include five bedrooms, electrical and water supply, and a toilet, among other amenities.
“These are very versatile mobile hospitals and their design allows them to be used as a single unit or by separate segments, which has given us the ability to maintain active deployments in eight different points across the country,” the system Costa Rica’s social security says.
The CCSS has installed similar mobile medical units in the following hospitals: San Juan de Dios Hospital, La AnexiÃ³n Hospital in Nicoya, MonseÃ±or Sanabria Hospital in Puntarenas, GuÃ¡piles Hospital and Dr Tony Facio Castro Hospital in LimÃ³n.
At Heredia Hospital, the mobile medical unit will be used for non-Covid pediatric emergency care and Covid-19 vaccinations. This will allow more beds to be reserved for Covid-19 patients in fixed hospital buildings.
As of Friday, according to the latest data available, 1,417 people were hospitalized for Covid-19 in Costa Rica. Of these, 527 were in intensive care.