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Pope Sends Respirators to COVID-Struck Colombia

The Pope has made yet another concrete gesture of help to countries struggling amid the pandemic.

Pope Francis has made another donation to hospitals struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This time, his donations consist of life-saving respirators and other equipment.

Through the channels of the Apostolic Nunciature in Bogotà, four respirators and several containers of PPE equipment were distributed to hospitals in Colombia, particularly the San Francisco de Asis Hospital and the Santiago Clinic.

According to the Colombian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, the donations were delivered with the help of the Colombian Air Force and in collaboration with the Military Ordinariate of Colombia. (Read: Vatican Begins Mass Vaccination for the Homeless)

“This gesture highlights the continuous solicitude of Pope Francis for Colombia in many areas, and expresses his concern for all the Churches,” Bishop Juan Carlos Barreto of Quibdó said.

The bishop also reiterated his gratitude and affection for the Holy Father.

Aid From the Pope

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Donations from Pope Francis arrive in Porto Alegre, Brazil: the 4 respirators were delivered last year, Thursday, August 27, 2020. (Photo from Vatican News)

This is not the first time that the Pope has made concrete gestures of help to countries struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

A year ago, on the feast of Saint George the Martyr,  the Pope donated respirators and medical supplies to hospitals in Italy, Spain, and Romania— the countries worst hit by COVID at the time.

The distribution of the Pope’s gifts is coordinated by the Apostolic Almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski. On some occasions, he has been able to personally deliver the gifts.

Partnerships for a Cause

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Photos from Hope Onlus Facebook

Last year, Pope Francis also sent eighteen Draeger ventilators for intensive care and six Fuji portable ultrasound scanners to Brazil, where the virus has killed many vulnerable people, including members of indigenous populations in the Amazon.

The delivery of the medical equipment to Brazil was made possible thanks to the efforts of a non-profit association called “Hope”, which specializes in humanitarian health and education projects. (Read: Checklist: What You Need At Home When Caring For COVID-19 Patients)

In the past year, “Hope” has been making every effort to procure high-tech life-saving equipment through various donors and has also been providing for the transportation and installation of the equipment in the receiving hospitals.

 


Text by Vatican News staff writer.

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