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Colombia: 25 More ICUs in Urabá to Serve COVID-19 Patients

3.4.2020

A public-private alliance including Proantioquia and the Antioquia Government and financed by Bancolombia, the Association of Banana Growers of Colombia (Augura) and the Pan-American Clinic has contributed to the expansion of the capacity of intensive care units (ICU) in the clinic necessary for a timely response to the epidemic of COVID-19.

The project, which will cost 3.1 billion pesos was made possible by the Bancolombia Foundation, which contributed 1 billion, Augura which contributed a further 1 billion pesos through its affiliates (Uniban, Banacol, Banafrut and Tropical) and the Clinic which with the support of its partners will contribute the remaining 1.1 billion pesos.

Thanks to this joint effort the Pan American Clinic located in Apartadó, in the banana region of Urabá, operated by Comfama, the entity that will receive donations, will have 25 more Intensive Care Units, in a maximum three weeks, for a total of 35 ICUs including the 10 that are currently in operation.

“For Augura and its affiliates: Uniban, Banacol Banafrut and Tropical, it is essential to protect the health of the inhabitants of the Urabá region. It is a time to be united, to work together for the collective well-being where the life of Colombians prevails.”

Additionally, Augura will contribute another 700 million and the Government the same amount, to expand the capacity of care in the rest of the region. With these public-private alliances, 4,800 billion pesos are reinforcing the Urabá health system at a critical moment.

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