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Three big hospitals in crisis, including Puerto Plata’s Ricardo Limardo Hospital

President Danilo Medina proudly inaugurated two new hospitals last week in Castillo and Villa Riva, part of the Duarte province this week. The new medical centers are equipped with the most modern technology, reports the Presidency.

Meanwhile, a volunteer organization, Jesus with the Children (El Voluntariado Jesus con los Niños) has come forth to say that the leading children’s hospital in Santiago, the Dr. Arturo Grullón, and the Luis L. Bogaert general public hospital in Valverde and the Ricardo Limardo Public Hospital in Puerto Plata should be declared to be in a state of emergency. Vilena Comas, president of the volunteer group, criticized the long delays in the government completing the renovations at these facilities.

The volunteer group says that the reality in the surgical areas of these hospitals is “deplorable” mainly because of the slow down or stoppage in the construction work scheduled for the renovation of these areas combined with a lack of equipment and personnel, all of which puts the health and the lives of thousands of patients especially children at risk. The leaders of the volunteer group called the inoperative status of these areas “both irresponsible and shameful” and they go on to say that it has been nearly three years since the reconstruction and remodeling of the surgical and emergency areas of these hospitals began.

Comas says there are shortages of staff, equipment and medicine. She somberly said that many children have died waiting for surgery. “This drawn out situation has cost the lives of many children from our region and in many cases our patients are hospitalized for months in very serious condition waiting for a surgery, even when they are dealing with emergencies and other urgent and delicate cases,” she says.

She argued that proper medical care of patients is not only a constitutional duty but that this goes beyond the laws since it is a universal duty which is “Love thy neighbor” and this has been broken in the most brutal fashion by denying our children the opportunity to live because they do not have a health system that provides them with a timely surgical option or an efficient diagnosis.”

Both the Nurses Association as well as the local branch of the Dominican Medical Association (CMD) supported the position of the Volunteers of Jesus with the Children.

A news report in El Nacional also refers the dire state of affairs at the San Lorenzo de Los Mina maternity hospital in Greater Santo Domingo. Other media reports have revealed the new pressures on the Jose Maria Cabral Public Hospital in Santiago, the largest general hospital, also undergoing a long drawn out renovation, following the start of the 911 Emergency System in the Cibao.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

June 23, 2017

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