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The Spanish donation of 800 kilos of medicines is “a relief” for Paraguay – In the world

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Paraguay received 800 kilos of medicines donated by Spain through the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Aecid), which represent a “relief” for Paraguayan hospitals, as noted by the Deputy Minister of Comprehensive Care, Hernán Martínez.

The Spanish donation, valued at about 43,000 euros (about 354 million guaranies), with 2,500 doses of atracurium and more than 66,000 ampoules of midazolam, will go to patients with coronavirus intubated in intensive care units in Paraguay.

“It is a relief, a balm for a very complicated situation in which we are,” Martínez told the media this Saturday, after the arrival of the cargo at the Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, on the outskirts of Asunción.

Paraguay has 3,800 patients admitted to hospitals, of which 594 are in intensive care, according to the daily report of the Ministry of Health corresponding to Friday night.

Faced with this situation, the Paraguayan health authorities thanked the contribution of the Government of Spain with the donation of these “really essential” drugs for the care of patients in intensive respiratory care, according to the director of Strategic Supplies, Derlis León, on Saturday.

Spain offered this collaboration by detecting that “there was a specific need for these drugs”, as recalled by the Spanish ambassador to Paraguay, Javier Hernández, during the delivery of the shipment.

The ambassador explained this Saturday that Spain is a producer of one of the two drugs sent to Paraguay and that even there there are supply problems.

“There is a serious shortage of this drug around the world, also in Spain. But in our ability to have a little bit to share with friends, we are doing it,” Hernández added.

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He also reiterated that Spain’s willingness to continue cooperating with Paraguay “remains standing and firm”, and hoped that there will be more shipments when Spain has capacity.

During her visit to Paraguay at the beginning of May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Arancha González Laya, announced this donation of medicines to contribute to the Paraguayan health system.

From the Paraguayan Foreign Ministry, the director of International Cooperation, Cynthia Filártiga, highlighted this Saturday, during the arrival of the drugs, “the importance of this cooperation from Spain for Paraguay” and referred to the European country as one of its main partners.

Paraguay, with just over 7 million inhabitants, has accumulated 348,184 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, 8,892 deaths and 286,005 recovered, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health.

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