The Government of Japan, through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), will donate almost three million dollars to support the Government of Costa Rica in caring for people affected by covid-19.
The donation will make it possible to face the health crisis caused by the pandemic, in order to strengthen the capacity of Costa Rica’s health services in the coming months. Hospital beds, patient bed monitors and portable x-ray equipment will be purchased through the project. The latter will allow to take images of the lungs more quickly for the approach of patients with respiratory conditions.
Dr. Román Macaya Hayes, Executive President of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), expressed his gratitude to the Government of Japan for this important donation as well as to UNOPS for its efforts to make this process a reality.
“We receive this donation with great joy because it represents hope and brotherhood at a time when the country continues to fight, like the rest of the world, against this terrible pandemic. This equipment will go directly to combat covid-19 in the first line of defense, ”said the chief.
The donation will benefit national, regional and peripheral hospitals of the CCSS as part of the strengthening for the care of the pandemic that the institution maintains permanently.
The agreement was signed on December 17 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship by the Japanese Ambassador to Costa Rica, Komatsu Shinjiro, and the UNOPS Representative in Costa Rica, Alejandro Rossi. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Ambassador Rodolfo Solano Quirós and the Executive President of the CCSS, Dr. Román Macaya, participated as honorary witnesses of the signing.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship commented that this project combines “the good will of the Government of Japan, the experience of UNOPS in procurement of technical equipment and the desire of the Government of Costa Rica to offer the best care and protection to and citizens and health personnel throughout the country in the care of cases for covid-19 ”.
To date, and within the framework of a global alliance with UNOPS, the Government of Japan has contributed to nine other Latin American countries with significant donations to expand the response to the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
“Japan hopes to continue strengthening relations of friendship and goodwill with the sister nation of Costa Rica, and to contribute to the global fight against the coronavirus. It is in the interest of both countries to continue collaborating closely in facing the enormous health, economic and social challenge that COVID-19 has posed for humanity, ”said Ambassador Komatsu Shinjiro.
Through this modality of cooperation, the government of Japan reinforces its historical ties with Costa Rica, while the participation of UNOPS will allow the fulfillment of the project objective between Costa Rican and Japanese authorities to confront the pandemic due to covid-19.
UNOPS will manage this project in a comprehensive manner, ensuring a procurement and delivery process adhering to the requirements of the CCSS, ensuring the highest quality, transparency and performance of the economic resources provided by the Government of Japan.
Mr. Alejandro Rossi, UNOPS Representative in Costa Rica stated that “within the framework of our mandate as the central resource of the United Nations System in procurement matters, UNOPS has been working with the Government of Japan on a global scale, which is why It is an honor to be able to work in this opportunity together with the Costa Rican Social Security Fund to contribute from the United Nations System to the effective response strategy against the pandemic by applying the highest standards in procurement at the service of public management fair and equitable ”.
General project info:
Investment: US $ 2,841,985
Hospitals benefited: 12
Project validity period: January-December 2021