Authorities of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) received from the Embassy of Japan in Costa Rica a donation of equipment that will benefit patients with covid-19 and other diseases at the National Children’s Hospital and Enrique Baltodano Briceño.
This is the hemodynamic and electrophysiological registration system for cardiac catheterization procedures for the National Children’s Hospital, whose cost is ¢ 101.5 million; and the digital ultrasound equipment and contrast injector for the Enrique Baltodano Briceño hospital, with a value of ¢ 55 million.
With the hemodynamic and electrophysiological registration system, the National Children’s Hospital will perform cardiac catheterization procedures on minors with a heart malformation that predisposes them to serious lung infections, including covid-19. In the case of the Liberia hospital, the ultrasound will be used to diagnose patients with covid-19 and the injector will be used for endovascular prosthesis procedures to treat aneurysms.
According to Dr. Román Macaya Hayes, executive president of the CCSS, the institution very gratefully receives this donation, since the equipment is necessary for the care of the pandemic, but will also benefit patients with other pathologies.
The chief assured that the meeting between the CCSS and the Japanese embassy strengthens the relationship between the Asian country and Costa Rica. In addition, new opportunities for collaboration were discussed, such as in the scientific field.
For his part, Ambassador KOMATSU Shinjiro said that “for the government of Japan, providing assistance in the health area is one of the most important issues in international cooperation. This year two medical equipment acquisition projects were approved considering the influence of the pandemic ”.
These donations come from the cooperation program called “Assistance for Community Projects and Human Security (APC)”, which aims to provide non-reimbursable financial assistance to non-profit organizations to help them execute development projects at the community level and improve the quality of life of its inhabitants.
Dr. Marvin Palma Lostalo, director of the Enrique Baltodano Briceño hospital, stated that the donation will reduce waiting times for ultrasound for patients in the Chorotega region and will allow vascular procedures to be performed without having to transfer patients to San José. The donation will improve care in radiology and peripheral vascular specialties.
Dr. Carlos Jiménez Herrera, from the National Children’s Hospital, thanked the donation since 500 babies are born annually with cardiovascular malformations, of which about 50% require surgery and diagnoses through hemodynamics.
To carry out the donation, the Japanese embassy signed two contracts: one with the Foundation for the development of the National Children’s Hospital, for an amount of $ 167,569 (equivalent to ¢ 101.5 million), and the other with the Pro-Association. aid to the Enrique Baltodano Briceño hospital, for an amount of $ 90,900 (equivalent to ¢ 55 million).
The ceremony was attended by Mr. KOMATSU Shinjiro, Ambassador of Japan, Dr. Román Macaya Hayes, Executive President of the CCSS, Dr. Carlos Jiménez Herrera, President of the Foundation for the Development of the National Children’s Hospital, Dr. Rafael Gutiérrez Alvarez, head of the Cardiology service at the National Children’s Hospital, Dr. Marvin Palma Lostalo, Director of the Enrique Baltodano Briceño Hospital, Dr. Jorge Vargas Madrigal, President of the Association for Help Enrique Baltodano Briceño Hospital.
In December 2020, the government of Japan made another donation that allowed it to face the health crisis caused by the pandemic. It involved hospital beds, patient bed monitors, and portable X-ray equipment for an estimated $ 3 million.