Fundación MAPFRE is rolling out several initiatives to support the collectives most heavily involved in the fight against COVID-19.
We allocate financial aid for buying biosafety suits, masks, caps, and foot and eye protection that will be distributed in the hospitals of the Junta de Beneficencia (Benevolent Society) in Guayaquil, the institution responsible for the administration of the largest hospitals in this region.
We are collaborating with the Karla Morales Foundation in the Juntos paramos el virus initiative (Together We’ll Stop the Virus) to get protective medical equipment to clinics and hospitals in the public health system. Specifically, we have supplied 60,000 face masks, 250 biosafety suits, 1-liter bottles of alcohol, 2,000 scrub caps, 2,000 shoe covers, 30 oxygen tanks, and 60,000 gloves. We are also supplying 125 emergency beds for the field hospital (MSP) that has been set up in the Guayaquil Convention Centre.
We are also supporting the collectives who are at greatest risk of exposure in the fight against the virus. We are collaborating with the Guayaquil Fire Department by providing disinfection equipment for the ambulances as well as equipment for community care during this emergency (50 thermometers and five ozone units). This initiative forms part of a partnership with this institution that goes back more than ten years to promote preventive education in schools.
The Ecuadorian Navy also needs our dedicated support. Navy personnel are dealing with confirmed cases at various locations along the coast of Ecuador, as well as being involved in the Guayas Joint Task Force, Operational Command 2 and the National Directorate of Aquatic Spaces, undertaking operations to control the spread of COVID-19 and other tasks assigned by the National Emergency Operations Committee. There are more than 140 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Navy personnel which represents 1.841% of all the cases reported in the country to date. To protect them, we are supplying N95 face masks for the medical staff of the Navy health centers that are dealing with COVID-19 and the personnel engaged in operations to prevent the spread of coronavirus, especially in the province of Guayas, and very specifically in Guayaquil.