Cruz Roja Inaugurates New Facilities
By Sandra Ríos
Cruz Roja (Red Cross) of San Miguel ended the year with many advances, including the opening of its training classroom on December 18.
The expanded room had a new concrete ceiling, and it will now allow the local Red Cross team to provide more courses to the people of San Miguel.
Leticia Fernández de Noyola, Chairman of the Board of Cruz Roja of San Miguel, said “We now have four new rooms for offices and training and to keep the equipment and work materials safe. People have given us all their confidence and pretty good donations, so we can provide a better service to the community.” All of this is thanks to the events like the play Luces de San Miguel, arranged by the women volunteers, and to the generosity of donors.
Each room was built using donations labeled specifically for that purpose. Although there is still much to do, such as building the dormitories for the youths who stay on guard, new bathrooms, the administration area, and the ambulance hangar, as well as updating the electrical wiring, the Red Cross has been continuing its service for the past 20 years.
Dr. José de Guadalupe González, state-coordinator of Cruz Roja training says that there are currently 14 staff members from the school of Red Cross emergency technicians in San Miguel. “As a regional center we support the cities of San José Iturbide, San Luis de la Paz, Dolores Hidalgo, and some of the state’s northwest,” says González. San Miguel is one of the first cities in Mexico to have public access defibrillators. To use them and give CPR, it is necessary to have instruction. One of the objectives of the Red Cross is training many sanmiguelenses for better use of the equipment. The Red Cross medical office is open Monday through Friday from 9am-7pm.