From our Bureau of Free Socialist Health Care with some assistance from our Bureau of Socialist Building Maintenance
When all you can do is to patch up crumbling buildings rather than get at the root of the problem, this is what happens. Everyone knows this at Castro, Inc., but they simply don’t care.
Fortunately, no mothers were in this birthing room when nearly ten square feet of the ceiling came tumbling down.
Loosely translated from Diario de Cuba
In the birthing room of the Antonio Luaces Iraola Provincial Hospital in Ciego de Ávila, three square meters of false ceiling fell due to the delicate state of construction of the facility, reported the local official newspaper Invasor on Wednesday.
The newspaper pointed out that “the collapse became the last straw for medical assistance in the Avilanian Obstetric Unit, for years subjected to continuous repair and maintenance actions, which did not constitute definitive solutions.”
The director of the hospital, Alberto Moronta Enrique, said that these rooms will be completely repaired and the assistance of deliveries and cesarean sections will go to the Morón Roberto Rodríguez hospital.
The official explained that they must “eliminate leaks and disused ventilation ducts, waterproof the roof, improve lighting, veneer, restore the carpentry, fix the hydro-sanitary networks and the vaults of the surgical rooms.”
On the other hand, the Morón obstetric facilities are also under construction, so women showed resistance to being treated there, which generated an overload of pregnant women in Ciego de Ávila.
Carlos Martínez Gómez, deputy director of the hospital’s Maternal and Child Program, said that “some patients have arrived in the expulsive period, when their transfer is impossible, and it has been necessary to assume the birth here, contrary to what has been described and the existing capacities.”
The official newspaper acknowledged that in Ciego de Ávila “giving birth in the coming months will be, more than ever, a handicap in the care chain, where practices and protocols will coexist with efforts to build a wall. All conditioned by the pressure of the full rooms and the transfers at the wrong time”.
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