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El Salvador donates 10,000 painkiller injections to Costa Rica ICU COVID-19 patients

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Posted: Friday, April 23, 2021. 11:05 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: El Salvador donated 10,000 doses of a painkiller drug to Costa Rica on Wednesday for use in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our brothers in Costa Rica urgently requested a loan of 10,000 ampoules of Fentanyl for patients that are struggling between life and death in their intensive care units, but help is not a loan, it is given unconditionally,” Salvadoran president Nayib Bukele tweeted. “They would have done the same for us.”

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says fentanyl “is a synthetic opioid approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer. It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.”

Periodicoequilibrium of El Salvador reported that the Costa Rica Social Security which had asked for the donation said that they are using fentanyl to sedate patients who need invasive acute mechanical ventilation and in their case it’s for use in COVID-19 patients who need to be hospitalized.

Doctor Esteban Vega of the Costa Rican Social Security said that these patients present prolonged respiratory problems and that because of that there has been a greater demand for fentanyl in Costa Rica.

The medicine was handed over to Costa Rican Ambassador Eugenia Ajoy Roya on Wednesday by El Salvador Minister of Health Francisco Alabí.

“We thank the Government of President Nayib Bukele for the donation,” said Ajoy Roya on receiving the donation.

“The only way to get ahead in the face of this pandemic is by working as a team and working together,” said Alabí.

The Tico Times said Costa Rican president Carlos Alvarado thanked the Salvadoran government on social media.

“I thank the government and people of El Salvador for the solidarity shown,” Alvarado said. “This enhances the mutual cooperation mechanisms in the region. Together, as brothers, we will overcome the pandemic and development challenges.”

The Tico Times reported that COVID-19 cases have spiked recently in Costa Rica.

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