United States Supports Brazil’s Response to Fire Victims
By Dialogo February 05, 2013
The U.S. Southern Command partnered with the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, the Brazilian Ministry of Health, American Airlines, Miami Dade Aviation, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today, to secure the rapid transport of medication urgently needed to treat victims of the tragic nightclub fire Jan. 27 in Santa Maria, Brazil.
The medication, called Cyanokit, will be transported to Brasilia, where it will be used to treat victims exposed to Cyanide poison that resulted from the fire igniting acoustic foam insulation inside the club.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health submitted a request for the Cyanokit doses to the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia upon learning of the need for the medication while caring for victims of the fire.
Upon receiving Brazil’s request, U.S. Southern Command worked with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to secure the 140 needed doses, acquired for the command by DLA under an existing contract with Meridian Medical Technologies.
The medication, valued at more than $97,000, was paid for by U.S. Southern Command using funds available under its Humanitarian Assistance Program.
U.S. Southern Command also coordinated transport of the medication from St. Louis to Brazil via Miami by working closely with Miami Dade Aviation, TSA and American Airlines.
The medication, scheduled to arrive Saturday aboard an American Airlines flight to Brasilia, will be turned over to local Ministry of Health officials for immediate distribution to health-care facilities treating victims exposed to the poison.
U.S. Southern Command is one of the nation’s six geographically-focused, unified commands with responsibility for U.S. military operations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.
Thank you for the South Commandâ€™s concerns and solidarity during the tragic event at Santa Maria, RS, for its contribution to diminish the hospitalized victims under treatmentâ€™s pain and suffering. We know, for many years, the USA Armed Forces serving spirit during emergencies, and its humanitarian purposes. We also thank the important help and we lament the loss of the young students and military who were victims of the Santa Maria tragedy.
Ney de Araripe Sucupira â€“ Public Relations Director - Graduates Association of the Superior School of War (Escola Superior de Guerra - ESG) - SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil