COVID-19: Ventilators and medical equipment were stolen in Mexico

Mexico has bought tons on KN95 face masks and medical equipment from China

COVID-19: Ventilators and medical equipment were stolen in Mexico
After the crimes, Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat said authorities are investigating - Photo: Chinatopix via AP
English 14/04/2020 14:06 Fernando Miranda Mexico City Actualizada 14:22
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Last weekend, criminals stole medical equipment from the Dr. Aurelio Valdivieso Hospital located in Oaxaca; the equipment was meant to be used to treat COVID-19 patients. However, this wasn’t the only incident as 7 ventilators were also stolen from an IMSS hospital in the state.

After the crimes, Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat said authorities are investigating the incidents and that those responsible for the theft will face justice.

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In addition, Murat announced there will be full transparency in regards to medical equipment and supplies so that healthcare workers know they will have the proper equipment to face the COVID-19 pandemic.

Murat announced his government will purchase more ventilators, besides the ones it will receive from the federal government

So far, no other thefts have been registered in public hospitals amid the COVID-19 pandemic; however, health workers have been physically attacked and discriminated in several states, which has prompted authorities to deploy the army and police to protect them. 

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