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Momostenango Municipality in Guatemala receives donation to attend COVID-19 emergency
- CATIE and the European Union, within the framework of the PiNN project, donated protection and disinfection material to be used in the municipality's Health Centres
June 10, 2020. In order to improve local capacity to serve the population during the COVID-19 emergency, on June 3 CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), through the National Nutrition Information Platform Project (PiNN) financed by the European Union Delegation in Guatemala (DUEG, its Spanish acronym), delivered protection and disinfection material to the Municipality of Momostenango, in Guatemala.
The material was received by Santiago Vicente Chanchavac, municipal mayor of Momostenango, on behalf of the municipality and the Honorable Municipal Council, who have been developing an intense work of support to the communities and local institutions, seeking to reduce the impacts of the pandemic in the municipality.
"The contribution in materials, which amounts to approximately 10,000 euros, will help to guarantee the protection of the municipal personnel, as well as the correct maintenance, cleaning and disinfection of the Health Centers of the municipality", affirmed Vianca Herrera, specialist in governance and food and nutritional security of the PiNN project.
The donation included plastic containers with wheels for transporting solid waste, dispensers of 500 ml alcohol gel, chlorine and liquid soap, N95 masks, disposable surgical masks, rubber boots of different sizes, digital thermometers, fumigation pumps, protective goggles, disposable caps with elastic, oximeter, latex gloves of different sizes, personal protective suits, 70% alcohol and garbage bags.
The Municipal Mayor thanked CATIE, the EU and the PiNN project for the donated inputs and noted that they will be distributed among the various health posts. In addition, he highlighted that CATIE and the EU are not only supporting the municipality in the COVID-19 emergency, but also in the issue of food and nutritional security.
In addition, the Mayor took the opportunity to recognize the laudable work being done by all the doctors, health area chiefs and nurses of the municipality; highlighting the work of Dr. Ariel Diaz, district chief, and Dr. Maritza Castañeda, health coordinator of San Vicente Buenabaj.
Finally, Eduardo Say, coordinator of the PiNN project, pointed out that this donation will allow the municipality to redouble its prevention measures, thus complying with the health indications made by the central and local authorities.
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