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CCSS authorized to buy more equipment to face the COVID -19 for an amount that exceeds 2 million dollars

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The Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) was authorized this Saturday, March 28 by the Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR) to acquire more equipment through the direct purchase mechanism for an amount that exceeds 2 million dollars, the engineer reported. Jorge Granados, ai manager of Infrastructure and Technology (GIT).

Through note DCA-1092, the Administrative Contracting Division of the CGR communicated the decision to the Infrastructure and Technology Management (GIT), in response to the request presented by the CCSS last Friday.

In the note, the entity indicates that “this authorization is issued on a non-business day (Saturday, March 28, 2020), due to the urgency of the pandemic caused by the covid-19”.

The engineer Granados reported that this authorization will allow the institution to buy equipment that will be installed in the National Rehabilitation Center (CENARE) where patients will be treated for COVID-19 and eleven hospital centers will be strengthened to care for patients who contract this virus.

The equipment to be installed at CENARE, the investment is around US $ 115,620 thousand and includes the following:

  • Video laryngoscopes: two additional units that will be used to sterilize the equipment. Estimated amount of us $ 45 400.00
  • Transport vital signs monitors: two units that will serve to monitor patients who require transfer to CENARE. Estimated amount of $ 24,000.00
  • 1400 L refrigeration chamber for nutrition: a unit that will strengthen the Nutrition service. Estimated amount of $ 4 360.00
  • Humidifiers: twenty-seven units will allow transforming mechanical ventilators into high-flow oxygen equipment to care for patients with respiratory failure. Estimated amount of us $ 41 850.00.

The comptroller also authorized the purchase of eleven Transportable X-Ray equipment that will strengthen the installed capacity of hospital centers. This investment would be around US $ 1,980,000.00

These teams will be assigned to the hospitals: Escalante Pradilla, San Carlos, Enrique Baltodano Briceño, Maximiliano Peralta, Tony Facio, Monsignor Sanabria, San Vicente de Paúl, Mexico, San Juan de Dios, de las Mujeres and Raúl Blanco Cervantes.

The manager of Infrastructure and Technology reported that the institution will proceed to activate administrative procedures in accordance with national legislation, in order to comply with the provisions of the Comptroller.

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