The Caracas Polyhedron sports arena, now the largest field hospital in Venezuelan history, is treating COVID-19 patients as part of the Bolivarian government’s effort to address the pandemic, according to Delcy Rodríguez, the country’s Executive Vice President, who added that the facility which opened August 2 has a capacity of 1,200 beds, with 300 in individual cubicles, to provide free, quality health care.

President Nicolás Maduro said the center will function as a special intermediate hospital, and includes an intensive care unit with trauma services, mobile X-ray equipment, a laboratory, a pharmacy, and a break room for medical and nursing staff, among other areas.

The role played by the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) and the People’s Power Ministry of Internal Relations, Justice and Peace was decisive in completing the transformation of the site and adjacent areas, to install the hospital.

Patients are being treated by the 10th Brigade of the Ernesto Che Guevara contingent, composed of 88 Cuban health collaborators.

During an inaugural ceremony to welcome the collective, assembled by the Cuban Medical Mission in Venezuela, Delcy Rodriguez thanked Cuba for its solidarity and praised “the immense love you have for the peoples of the world, crossing borders to give health and life.