Security ministry gets funds for its own health service

After already receiving around $1.4 million for a Costa Rican Chinatown, the country has been given another million from China. However, this time it is for medical supplies.

Local representatives of the Chinese defense ministry presented eight million yuan to President Laura Chinchilla Miranda and Mario Zamora Cordero, the security minister, during a ceremony Thursday at the Escuela Nacional de Policía.

This donation amounts to $1.269.840 and will be used to purchase portable medical equipment. They include a doppler ultrasound, cardiac monitors, electrocardiographs, defibrillators, X-ray machines and fluoroscopes.

The tools will benefit both the officials and the families of officials who work in public safety by improving conditions in order to preserve, maintain and better the overall health of those who offer medical service to the workers of public safety, a release said.

Officials said the intention is to have a medical team that provides public safety officials a wide range of medical services in order to ensure their physical and mental well being. For the time being the Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea, Escuela Nacional de Policías and various regional directorates of the Fuerza Pública in San José, Limón, Guanacaste, Alajuela, Cartago and Pérez Zeledón already have a medical headquarters.

The country has seen donations far greater than this from their friendship, the largest being the $100 million stadium that was inaugurated last year. The government also announced earlier this year that they would receive $25 million for a police academy in Limón.

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