Medical supplies and equipment needed
January 2021: Since August 2020 we have been renting oxygen concentrators to help patients with breathing problems. These are principally needed for Covid, dengue and renal patients.
The Brigada has provided care or education to 367 vulnerable people with respect to Covid so far (as at the end of 2020). Over 30 people have died in the area - so far - without being tested. Poco a Poco San Pedro has rented and borrowed oxygen machines to assist people with their breathing, as they do not want to go the hospital and believe they will die there.
At the earlier "peak" we had 11 machines on loan, and we purchased one portable oxygen concentrator for use when taking people to hospital. We now have one machine on loan to us and one donated. The others are rented by the month. They were used to assist 38 people in 2020.
But as of January 17, there are five new cases of Covid in the town, and they desperately need more oxygen concentrators. Each machine costs around 2,200 pesos each month to rent. If we purchase three more machines (and rent the remaining ones), we need to raise $75,000 pesos to purchase the three machines (around $3,600 US / CAN $ 4,600). And we need 2,200 pesos a month for each rental. We hope to be able to negotiate the cost as we have been renting the machines since they were new.
Some of you may have previously helped by providing rental money but we feel we really need to purchase some of these machines because they have been life-saving. If you are interested we would be very grateful for your help. Just click here to reach our donate page.
We try to keep this page updated with the urgent supplies that are needed for health related problems in the area. The problem is there is no pharmacy in San Pedro Itzicán, or in any of the small villages. And people there can't afford medicines anyway.
The Brigada medical office in San Pedro is the only local place people can go for first aid for minor ailments (they otherwise have to go to the town of Poncitlan by bus or other transport).
So this is why the Brigada are constantly in need of more supplies!
During Covid, we have been spending over 6,000 pesos each week to provide essential medicines for people who cannot afford them right now.
We have one Brigada member (Xochilt) who has been trained with help from us and other local charities, as a paramedic. She continues her training as a volunteer nurse-helper at the Tepehua Community Center in Chapala twice a week and we pay her transport for that. She and another Brigada Member, Maria, provide free basic first aid services from their office in San Pedro to anyone in need.
We would love to find sponsors so that we could provide them some reimbursement for their time and help. The girls have both been involved in visiting people who possibly might have Covid, and Xochilt caught it herself (yes we purchased full PPE and supplies for them both), but people can still catch it. People don't want to get Covid or dengue tests (we have offered them) and they are afraid of going to hospital as they fear they will not get out. So people are dying at home.