June 9, 2020 (Google Translation) – Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic that affects the world and our country, the Chilean Navy has made available to the Ministry of Health all of its available resources and capabilities to support this fight.
Thus, since the beginning of April, the multipurpose ship “Sargento Aldea” has been docked in the port of Talcahuano supporting the health authorities and especially the Las Higueras Hospital in decongesting its pavilions, which receive a high percentage of patients with Covid-19.
However, on Tuesday, June 9, the Minister of Health Jaime Mañalich during the national balance reported that the Chilean Navy Ship would move to the city of Valparaíso to carry out the same mission.
“The emigration of the Ship ‘Sargento Aldea’ to the port of Valparaíso has been arranged to take charge of non-Covid pathologies, especially outpatient major surgeries and thus be able to free up resources mainly at the Van Buren Hospital,” emphasized Mañalich.
On behalf of the Chilean Navy, it was its Director of Communications, Captain Leonardo Chávez, who gave details of this process: “to date, 57 surgical operations have been carried out on board the Unit and are still scheduled for the rest of the week do at least 6 more. ”
“The most important thing is to make a good transition from what we are currently doing in the Bío Bío region and close that process, return all the surgical elements that were being used at Las Higueras Hospital and then move the ship, which should take a few 24 hours, to Valparaíso. Once there, it would be made available to the local health authority in order to prepare the Unit and carry out the same cooperation that was being carried out in Talcahuano, surgical interventions for non-Covid people of low and medium intensity ” , added Commander Chávez.
It should be noted that the Chilean Navy from the beginning of the health crisis made all its capabilities available to the Ministry of Health in order to combat this pandemic among all and, in that order, the multipurpose ship “Sargento Aldea” has been available right from the start with all your healthcare capabilities.