“The eastern part of El Salvador is one of the hottest regions in Central America and many of the hospitals here have no air conditioning so the use of bioprotective suits causes a lot of discomfort to medical staff who take care of the sick,” said Pastor Edwin López, district pastor in San Miguel.
Dr. Leonardo Romero Taura, who works at the San Juan de Dios National Hospital in San Miguel, said that the days are challenging when wearing a protective suit. “The feeling is horrible, it is suffocating. Imagine that they put you in a plastic bag, seal it and then they put you out in the sun when the rays of the sun are stronger,” said Dr. Romero. “That’s how the medical staff feel when we use the bioprotective suits as they care for people infected with COVID-19.” Dr. Lopez said that the suit is worn up to 8 hours at a time, but some use them for 12 hours straight. “During that time, you cannot take off the suit for anything… and you end up completely dehydrated.”
Many church members joined in the initiative by sending funds to purchase, prepare and distribute 3,000 packets with drinks and the 2020 missionary books by Mark Finley entitled “Hope in the Midst of Chaos.”
“The point was to share a little bit of relief and share hope to the heroes on the frontline who day by day are dealing with so much suffering and death the coronavirus has brought in,” said López. The initiative came about after a series of media reports on the challenges health professionals face each day, caring for those infected with COVID-19, he added.