The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers visited the department of Jinotega, Nicaragua to build a maternity wing for the Victoria Motta Hospital, which was originally built in 1945.
The U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Military Group in the Central American country coordinated the effort with sponsorship from the U.S. Government’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) Program, and took advantage of an opportunity to inject thousands of dollars to the community by using local labor, according to a press release by the U.S. Embassy in Managua.
Additionally, most of the materials for the investment of almost US$ 400,000 were purchased locally, reported local newspaper El Nuevo Diario.
The public health project took over two years to be completed and includes larger areas for beds, bathrooms and more private and well-equipped areas for labor and delivery.
Lt. Col. Pedro González, Air Component Command chief at the U.S. Military Group in Nicaragua, said the that through the Military Group in country, SOUTHCOM considers many factors when deciding where to direct aid, such as projects that will help not only a community but the country as a whole. Lt Col González made clear that “this is part of our diplomatic mission objective,” according to the daily.
Local news website 100% Noticias highlighted the fact that the HA/DR program has built 15 health centers and 11 schools since 1996, in addition to repairing bridges and building drinking water wells in different rural communities throughout Nicaragua.