Brazilian Bishop Vital Corbellini of Maraba expressed his gratitude to Pope Francis after receiving a much-needed respirator and temperature gauge for a hospital treating indigenous patients with Covid-19.
The diocese said the respirator, delivered to the Campanha de Maraba Hospital on 12th July by the apostolic nunciature in Brazil, was one of four sent by the pope to Brazil, which has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in the world.
“We thank the pope and the nuncio with all our hearts. We hope these supplies will help many people to save their lives,” Bishop Corbellini said in a video posted on the diocesan website.
The supplies, he said in a statement released by the diocese, are greatly needed at the hospital, which has a separate wing that treats indigenous men, women and children.
“We know the affection that Pope Francis has for the Amazon, especially because – in this pandemic – the indigenous peoples are the most vulnerable,” he said.
Picture: A doctor gives medical attention to an indigenous man in early June at Hospital Nilton Lins in Manaus, Brazil, which is exclusively for indigenous people being treated for Covid-19. Brazilian Bishop Vital Corbellini of Maraba expressed his gratitude to Pope Francis after receiving a much-needed respirator and temperature gauge at another hospital treating indigenous coronavirus patients. (CNS photo/Bruno Kelly, Reuters).