Guatemalan sugar industry donates $ 1 million to equip mobile hospital

The donation will be used to purchase medical supplies for the hospital to be built in Costa Sur, the center of Guatemala’s sugar cane industry. With a first unit already installed in the industrial zone of Guatemala City, three other mobile installations are planned in the regions of Xela, Oriente and Petén.

“Contributing to the government’s efforts to serve the population in these difficult times is part of our commitment as a sector for the well-being of Guatemalan families”, said Alfredo Vila, president of ASAZGUA.

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, receiving a symbolic check on Saturday, thanked the sugar industry and called the donation a blessing.

“In the most critical moments, it’s when we show what we’re made of. Thank you!” he tweeted on Saturday.

The association – which has a long history of social responsibility, produces more than 2.7 million tonnes of sugar per year and exports to 58 countries – also says it is committed to maintaining safe sugar production for the population.

“Likewise, we continue to produce sugar, under strict security measures, so that this essential product is not lacking in homes, and energy to continue to light up Guatemala,” he added. Villa added.

ASAZGUA also took the opportunity to call for the country’s unity in the face of the pandemic, which notably involves respecting government instructions.

Situation of Covid-19 in Guatemala

Guatemala detected its first case of Covid-19 on March 13 in a 27-year-old citizen who had visited Spain. At the time of publication, there were 19 confirmed cases and one related death. One of the four most recent cases is a 3-year-old girl, currently in stable condition, and the child of an infected patient.

Like other countries in the region, Guatemala moved quickly to impose mitigation measures, canceling massive events and closing borders and schools. A 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew went into effect on Sunday.

Rachel J. Bradford