In response to the health crisis sparked by COVID-19, the Mexican Army and Air Force have made the efforts of 214,157 elements at various stages, as the pandemic evolves and the demands to face and control it. According to the third (S-3 operations) and fourth (S-4 logistics) sections of the Secretariat for National Defense (SEDENA), the military response to COVID has resulted in at least 70 flight operations being carried out, with more than 182 flight hours completed in which 400 tons of medicines, clinical supplies, hospital equipment, supplies and vaccines were transported to control and immunize people against the coronavirus.
During these material and personnel movements, 42 fixed-wing and mobile-wing aircraft were mobilized on eight central routes and more than 20 regional routes to distribute the first shipments containing around 440,000 vaccines against the coronavirus. Of the members of the Army and Air Force (214,000 157), 49,000 585 employees have been permanently assigned to the care and containment of COVID since March 2020, serving civilians and military personnel.
Since the arrival of pharmaceutical company Pfizer-BioNTech’s first batches of vaccine in Mexico on December 23, National Defense has taken a leadership role in recording, securing and distributing airlifts in airlifts where means of transport were first used. Heavy C. -130 Hercules, C-27J Spartan and C-295 CASA Medium transports, then assisting their Mi-17 and UH-60M Black Hawk mobile hydrofoil aircraft in delivering material to established points inland.
To date, around 440,000 doses of the vaccine have been received and dispensed in air and ground operations involving 54,065 military personnel, according to the S-3 data. In addition, SEDENA has indicated that 43,266 patients, including civilians and military personnel, who are infected with COVID are receiving special treatments in military or army-run hospitals as part of the application of the DN-III-E (National Emergencies and Assistance to) plan have received disaster population), adapted to the coronavirus.
In this context, at least 1,521 land relocations were carried out, which carried more than 7,600 tons of medical aid, supplies, food and ready meals, as well as 62 logistics flights carrying 397 tons of material and medical supplies for the conversion of military facilities to hospitals COVID-19.
Following these two strategic sections of SEDENA, the various area commandos have been instructed since March 26, 2020 to set up 38 warehouses, seven stationary hospitals and a mobile hospital physical security in 46 facilities of the Mexican Institute for Social Security (IMSS), using 988 elements for reinforcement the security measures and to prevent vandalism, looting and / or theft of materials, equipment and medical supplies during the critical phase of the pandemic.
Three days earlier, on March 23, the National COVID-19 Emergency Center was set up, which is part of the coordination with other secretariats and bodies of the health sector against the pandemic. On March 25, the Sedena COVID-19 Coordination Center was organized and activated, which in turn coordinates with the 12 regions and 46 military zones of the country, where 315 COVID-19 Coordination Centers operate.
The SEDENA number also indicates that the Secretariat was remodeled and rebuilt on April 17th under the direct management and operation of 116 hospital facilities with the active participation of military and health professionals hired to serve the general population was used.
SEDENA points out that it currently operates COVID hospitals with around 12,000 532 employees and 549 military vehicles.
In more detailed figures, the Mexican Army and Air Force indicate that the relief effort to the government of President Andrs Manuel López Obrador has provided medical care to 31,161 patients (11,665 civilians, 12,586 military personnel and 6,910 beneficiaries) spanning a universe of suspects and confirmers Covid19 cases.
As part of these measures, SEDENA adds that 9,277 security patrols have been carried out, more than 766 tons of food in bulk and 223,180 packaged products have been transported, stored and distributed and 596,000 rations of hot meals have been transported. (Jorge Alejandro Medelln)
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