China donated a mobile military hospital against COVID-19 to Bolivia this past Thursday, the first of its kind in the South American country, said President Luis Arce. “We want to deeply thank the government of the People’s Republic of China, headed by President Xi Jinping, for this donation,” said the president at a ceremony held at a military barracks in the Andean city of El Alto, neighboring La Paz.
The donation, delivered to the military, consists of nine vehicles equipped to carry out medical operations, first aid, X-ray diagnosis, use an oxygen generator, perform biochemical laboratory analyzes and sterilization. In addition, it is supported by energy supply equipment. “Bolivia did not have a mobile hospital of these characteristics, it is the first time that we are going to have equipment in this way,” said Arce.
China also donated 2 million masks that the government will distribute to public hospitals.
In another event, Bolivia received, from India, 20 million medicines for patients with COVID-19 that are in short supply in pharmacies and that were marketed in the informal market at high prices.
The Foreign Ministry explained in a statement that the batch includes key drugs such as Remdesivir and Propofol. Bolivia, with 11.5 million inhabitants, adds more than 238,490 infections and more than 11,300 deaths from COVID-19. Recently, the government reported that there has been a decrease in cases.