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Government of Mexico creating mobile hospital for caravan migrants

Tijuana, Baja California — The Secretaría de Salud de Baja California is in the process of creating a mobile hospital in Albergue Temporal El Barretal to serve Central American migrants.

The Secretary of Health, Guillermo Trejo Dozal, confirmed that facilities will be equipped with toilets and showers along with stretchers and equipment to allow medical staff to provide immediate attention to those in need.

He says this time of the year, respiratory diseases are typical with the season. The completed unit will also include an ambulance with two defibrillators, three infusion pumps and an electrocardiograph, among other medical instruments.

Photo: Secretaría de Salud de Baja California

He explained that El Barretal will be used for medical purposes after the Unidad Deportiva Benito Juárez was refurbished as a temporary shelter for the migrants in late November, where currently, more than 6,500 migrants call home.

The Unidad Deportiva Benito Juárez has been closed to additional migrants after the Ministry of Health found it becoming overcrowded and a potential for health issues. El Barretal, which is being created as a medical base, is already home to about 2,300 migrants.

Trejo Dozal says that the shelter is operated by the federal government with electrical services provided by the Federal Electricity Commission and a dining room where, he says members of the Navy serve the 2,300 Central Americans.

Once complete, the mobile hospital will provide the caravan migrants with clean toilet and shower facilities, medical care, wash basins, a kitchen and hot water.

It is the first time that the Federal Ministry of Health has installed this type of mobile hospital, he said adding that there will be two tents with the capacity to serve up to 100 people a day.