El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele, opened the first phase of the hospital this Sunday, treating only patients affected by COVID-19. Up to two thousand beds, including one thousand in the intensive care unit.
One hundred days after the government’s announcement, Bukele reported that the first phase of the hospital at the International Center for Trade Fairs and Conventions (CIFCO) will have 400 beds, 105 of which will be in intensive care.
The Salvadoran president did not overlook the criticism the hospital received when it was announced “when the country hadn’t confirmed a single case,” and he wondered what would have happened if the government hadn’t acted at the time .
“You said it was a waste of money,” said Bukele, who explained that if these first 400 beds are fully occupied, another 400 will be prepared, and thus up to 2,000 between intermediate care beds and intensive.