July 14, 2020

Cerrejón delivers three mechanical ventilators and additional medical supplies

On July 7, Cerrejón delivered three mechanical ventilators for pediatric and adult use to three hospitals in the municipalities of Riohacha, Maicao and San Juan. With this donation, the company reaffirms its commitment to the wellbeing of the Guajiran population by continuing to undertake actions aimed at alleviating the health crisis the region is experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This equipment will be essential in taking care of the most critical cases of Guajiran patients affected by the virus.

“Thank you for this significant donation provided by Cerrejón, an important company in the south of La Guajira, and which has resonated in the department. The truth is that having this first ventilator at the San Juan Hospital is a great opportunity for those who are admitted here, and a chance to live for many other patients. We are very grateful, not only for the ventilator but also for the other donations Cerrejón has given us. The company has been extremely involved in responding to this emergency we are going through. It has been helping the entire La Guajira population, and its presence has been tangible as a company that is helping solve health problems and showing solidarity with all the health issues in the department” stated Dr. María Isabel González, manager of the San Juan Hospital.

In addition to the ventilators, Cerrejón has distributed around 100,000 medical supplies to hospitals in La Guajira, including gowns, face masks, protective masks and oxygen canisters to help protect medical personnel working in Intensive Care Units who are caring for patients affected by COVID-19. Likewise, the company is doing the necessary installation works at the Maicao Hospital where equipment for the first molecular biology laboratory to detect COVID-19 will be located, all of which forms part of Cerrejón’s humanitarian commitment.

In addition to supporting the health sector, Cerrejón has distributed nearly 50,000 mercados (parcels containing food and hygiene products) to ethnic communities and has already delivered more than 14 million litres of drinking water: this will help the population adhere to the national quarantine guidelines and reduce the risk of infection by meeting with others outside their households.