A chaotic scene. That is what many times the patients who come to the emergency room of the Dr. Adolfo Price Lara Hospital, in Puerto Cabello, seek medical attention. To the nursing staff deficit and maintenance is added to the deterioration of a good part of the facilities and healthcare equipment.
Last week a health worker spread a video through social networks in which he denounced the conditions in which the emergency area of the type III health center is located, which serves the populations of the Carabobo coast and other states, like Falcón and Yaracuy. “We even have a broken tube in the emergency room”, he alerted.
In the audiovisual you can see the emergency floor practically flooded due to the water leak and a woman, relative of one of the patients, trying to dry it with a pigtail in the absence of cleaning staff.
After consulting hospital workers, who preferred to keep their identity protected for fear of reprisals, El Carabobeño was able to confirm this Wednesday, February 24, that to date the pipe has not been repaired. “During the day you will not see the trail because there is no water, but at night, when they put it to fill the pipotes, it starts to boil,” said one of the sources.
According to their testimonies, the stretchers are in poor condition, the monitors are useless and the oxygen, aspiration and nebulizer equipment are damaged. Also, the remaining waitresses work with their nails for lack of supplies for cleaning. “There are not even garbage bags.” It is a situation that affects patients and all those who work in that health institution.
Lack of staff makes the problem worse. The adult emergence should have an average six to eight workers on the night shift. “But unfortunately there are days when there are only two nurses for this area with hospitalization, to which patients of all kinds arrive.”
The same source explained that, although the so-called COVID-19 area of Prince Lara is equipped and in good condition, those who work in the emergency are not regularly guaranteed personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of the virus.
“We are working even without gloves. If they give us a disposable mask at the beginning of the shift, but that is not enough, “he said.
The director of the hospital, Dr. Ramón Rojas, reported that on Monday, February 22, the vaccination day against COVID-19 continued, with 280 workers. Prince Lara, together with the Dr. Enrique Tejera Hospital City, was authorized to carry out the first phase of immunization of priority health personnel in the entity.
On August 9 last year, the Government of Carabobo announced the rehabilitation of the emergency service for adults at the hospital, which is also one of the sentinel centers in the state. According to a Press release, they remodeled a total of 800 square meters of construction.
The improvement works announced by the regional Executive included the reception areas, nebulization room, plaster room, minor surgery, x-ray room, trauma shock, observation of trauma shock, operating room, triage, four doctor’s offices, two isolation rooms, medicine observation section, rest areas and pantry.
“The capacity of the emergency area for adults was expanded from 11 to 28 beds and a medicinal gas system was activated totally independent of the central system of the hospital, as well as completely new sanitary facilities, both for white water and for black water ”, outlines the note released by the administration of Governor Rafael Lacava.