On December 21, the U.S. Embassy, through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and its Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), gave a donation valued at $372,337.50 to the General Directorate of Penal Centers (DGCP). The equipment donated by INL consists of 5 GeneXpert machines, two mobile and three fix units valued at $243,962.50, and two ambulance vans valued at $128,375 to move the mobile equipment and provide assistance when necessary.
GeneXpert machines will perform tuberculosis tests in all prisons in El Salvador. The machines allow for the early detection tuberculosis with results in as few as two hours using a DNA test cartridge. In addition, as part of the donation, INL will train the technicians who will work daily with the medical equipment. The three fixed machines will be located in the penal centers of Izalco, La Esperanza and San Miguel.
The General Director of Penal Centers, Marco Tulio Lima, said: “We are working to guarantee the attention of the inmates, we are doing 40 daily tuberculosis tests, the goal is to do 12 thousand tests a year”.