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Ambassador Garza Inaugurates New Trauma Center in Nogales

Nogales, Sonora
January 29, 2004

“Access to high quality emergency health care in border areas is a vital need for the U.S. and Mexico. This new trauma center is an excellent example of USAID bringing together public and private collaborators to improve access to public health facilities,” said U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza, during the inauguration of the Medical Emergency Triage and Stabilization Unit in the General Hospital of Nogales.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the development of the trauma center with a grant of US$364,000 that provided for the purchase of medical equipment and supplies. Over twenty other collaborators, including Mexican federal and state health secretaries, local business and community groups donated funds, resources, time and effort towards the design, construction and equipping of the trauma center.

Ambassador Garza highlighted "the collaboration of Mexican and American border health groups, working together in partnership have achieved significant and tangible results today for their communities.”

The new facility boasts an impressive neonatal unit, two emergency rooms, a delivery room and recovery room with state-of-the-art medical equipment, as well as new sterilization, electrical, and water installations. The unit will be staffed with over 40 highly trained medical personnel and staff to attend to local emergency cases.

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