Tijuana. – The Consul General of the United States, Tom Reott, today delivered almost $ 60,000 dollars in medical response equipment against COVID to hospitals in Baja California. The donation was made possible through a collaboration between the United States Consulate General in Tijuana and the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), an agency of the Department of Defense.
The consulate worked in collaboration with the Baja California Health Secretariat to compile a list of needs for three hospitals in Baja California: the General Hospitals of Tijuana, Ensenada and Mexicali. The medical team will directly assist the response needs against COVID in hospitals. Donated items include defibrillators, breathing supports, EKGs, blood pressure monitors, gloves, and oxygen masks.
Consul General Tom Reott and consulate officials visited the Tijuana General Hospital to donate the items. In a ceremony with hospital officials, Consul General Reott said: “These donations are a small tribute from the United States Consulate and the United States Northern Command to the health workers in Baja California, for their selfless acts of courage. and his professional experience in helping their communities recover from this devastating global pandemic. And he added: His courage inspires us. “
“We appreciate the contribution they make to the well-being of the Tijuana General Hospital staff, who maintain the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to this support, we can continue to provide the medical care that our border population needs, ”said the director of the Tijuana General Hospital, Alberto Reyes Escamilla.
US Northern Command Project Manager Paul McKean commented: “We are pleased with the success of this project, the result of excellent collaboration between our Mexican allies, the US Consulate General in Tijuana, and our program. ”
Each year, the United States Northern Command collaborates with the Mexican government on public health and disaster preparedness training projects.
For the Consulate General of the United States, the project goes beyond supporting efforts to heal communities from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a way of giving back to Baja California health providers. “We have the utmost respect for the medical profession,” Consul General Reott said during the donation ceremony, “especially during this global pandemic in which your medical professionals are putting their own lives at risk to save others. When it comes to the well-being of our people in our two nations, there are no borders. ”