The field hospital made available to the Civil Protection three days ago by Samaritan's Purse (SP), an evangelical Christian humanitarian organization from the United States, is operational today in Cremona.
The first American DC8 landed on Tuesday 17 March on the Villafranca - Verona airport with on board health and logistics personnel and medical equipment, including 8 intensive care units (ICUs), of primary importance in these days of Covid epidemiological emergency 19. A second flight scheduled in the coming days will allow the team of specialists to be integrated, further supporting the operation of the structure.
The support of the Air Force is part of the activities strongly desired by the Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini to face the ongoing emergency. In particular, a specialized team of the 3rd Wing of Verona Villafranca - in coordination with the officials of the Customs Agency and some representatives of the Civil Protection of Cremona and a delegation from theadvanced team of Samaritan's Purse - in addition to having ensured the logistical support necessary for the reception and transport of staff and materials to the city of Cremona, it has further contributed to the operations of setting up the hospital. Specifically, the 3rd Squadron, activated by the Joint Forces Summit Operational Command (COI) at the request of the Civil Protection, made available hydraulic and electrical equipment, such as taps, field lighting, showers and boilers, essential for making the hospital operational