Chinese Ventilators Bought by Pará Prove Faulty; Each Device Cost R$126,000

The equipment acquired to treat Covid-19 patients displayed faults identified by technicians during the installation process and cannot yet be used, according to the state government.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The 152 ventilators purchased from China by the government of the state of Pará to treat Covid-19 patients, displayed faults during the installation process and have not yet been used, the state government said. Concerning the cost of each ventilator, R$126,000 (US$21,974), the state said the funds will not be lost.

The equipment arrived on Monday, May 4, along with 1,580 infusion pumps, which would allow the installation of new ICU beds for Covid-19 and were sent to hospitals in Belém, Santarém, Marabá, Breves, and Capanema.

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