The new El Salvador Hospital is ready to begin attending Coronavirus patients. Today, President Nayib Bukele held a nationally televised event in which he inaugurated the new hospital. The new hospital is located in what previously was the International Center for Fairs and Conventions or CIFCO.
As of right now, this hospital is being built solely to care for coronavirus patients. Nevertheless, Nayib Bukele said that after the crisis goes away, this is going to be a permanent hospital.
The new installations are getting ready at the right moment, mainly because the Coronavirus cases in El Salvador are increasing.
According to experts, the number of COVID-19 patients will continue to rise. The expected increment in cases is because there is no more obligatory quarantine, and the economy is being reopened.
During the address to the nation, Nayib Bukele explained the three phases of this hospital. Workers started the construction of the hospital three months ago.
Phase one of the new El Salvador Hospital.
Phase one is 100% completed and ready to go; the hospital is waiting for the staff and medicine. According to President Bukele, this will take two days to complete.
Bukele, during the inauguration, said that during this phase, 400 intensive care units or ICU beds of two types were put together. These ICU beds are definitely going to be needed; three months ago, the country had only 30 ICU beds.
El Salvador Hospital phase two.
President Bukele said that phase two will be ready in early July. During this stage, an additional 400 ICU beds will be available.
The third phase of the hospital will be ready mid-August. Workers will take longer to complete this phase. The construction of new buildings is causing the delay. With the conclusion of stage three, the country will have over 100 ICU beds.
The country only had 30 intensive care units or ICU beds, really?
It is hard to believe that a country with over six million people only had 30 ICU beds. This is something that the previous administrations are not denying, or at least, I was not able to find any information disproving it.
There is no secret that Salvadoran Hospitals are some of the worst in Central America; I hope this changes with the new administration.
I have personal experience dealing with hospitals in El Salvador. In mid-2018, because of a new health issue, we had to take my grandmother to different hospitals. During this time, we took her to private and public hospitals.
In all honesty, private hospitals are excellent; nonetheless, only a small percentage of people can afford it. On the other hand, public hospitals in the country are rundown and not well maintain. This is not because of the doctors and nurses who work at these hospitals. The facilities are in bad shape because the previous administrations didn’t take care of them.
One last personal note on this matter; my mother, since 2007, was a patient at three different hospitals in El Salvador. While watching the press conference, she almost cried, telling us how the hospitals were when she was a patient. She described how dirty the floor and the walls wore. It was a sad moment for the family hearing that.
Why build a new hospital and not temporary ones?
Why build a new hospital and not temporary ones is the right question to ask. Now, the answer will vary depending on who you ask! For instance, let’s take a look at what politicians are saying.
Many Salvadoran politicians, from the opposition political parties, have criticized President Bukele for this hospital. The critic’s argument is that the hospital is too expensive and taking too long to get completed. Some of them have stated that with this money, the president could already have created several temporary hospitals.
On the other hand, President Bukele and a few politicians argue that Salvadorans deserve a proper hospital. Additionally, President Bukele points out because this is the rainy season in El Salvador, a tent hospital will not work. A temporary hospital in a tent will create other sets of problems and would affect the care of patients.
Undoubtedly, it is sad to say that for some politicians, the building of this hospital is a political issue.
My point of view on the new El Salvador Hospital.
My point of view is that President Bukele did the right thing investing in this hospital; some of you might disagree on my point of view.
The opposition is claiming that the construction of this hospital is a sign of corruption. The FMLN and ARENA are insisting that President Bukele and his administration are mishandling funds related to this hospital.
I am not going to say that the government is mishandling money. I a not in a position to verify or denied such allegations. Al I know is that I am happy we have these many ICU beds in a proper hospital and not in a temporary tent, as some Salvadoran congressman at the Legislative Assembly wanted.
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