Dominican Republic healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 received thousands of personal protective gear, masks and essential supplies to treat critically ill patients at Vista del Jardín Medical Center (Garden View Medical Center) in Santo Domingo.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) joined forces with AdventHealth to donate and ship the medical equipment to the Caribbean nation’s hospital. The global shortage of protective gear is one of the major issues that has impacted the response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in many regions around the world like the Dominican Republic.
Vista del Jardín Medical Center stepped up its operation in unprecedented ways to treat hundreds of patients since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. The treatment demands for COVID-19 have created financial pressures for the 53-bed hospital.
“Since the state of emergency was declared in the Dominican Republic due to COVID-19, ADRA has provided vital support to care for economically-vulnerable people across various communities served by our hospital. Vista del Jardín Medical Center is in a development stage, and our revenues decreased by 50 percent in March, April, and May. Medical supplies have become much more expensive, which substantially increased our expenditures, at the same time our revenues went down,” says Winston Hiciano, general manager of Vista del Jardin Medical Center. “We are grateful to receive much needed medical supplies through ADRA and AdventHealth during this crisis to continue to provide quality care to patients infected by COVID-19 and fulfill our mission of serving our community with great responsibility and devotion.”
ADRA is working with AdventHealth and other partners to respond to coronavirus relief operations in the Caribbean and in more than 33 countries.
“ADRA has adapted operations and is taking advantage of its infrastructure to support and aid worldwide communities during this pandemic. We are partnering with organizations such as AdventHealth, Airlink, Globus Relief, and Partnership4Humanity to continue to deliver medical supplies and other resources to hospitals and healthcare facilities across multiple provinces and regions and assist long-term during the coronavirus recovery phase,” says Alex Balint, head of social and corporate partnerships for ADRA.