Monday, October 30, 2006

Holguin pediatric hospital in critical condition

Holguín pediatric hospital in critical condition

CIEGO DE AVILA, Cuba, October 22 (Luis Esteban Espinosa, Jóvenes sin
Censura / - A member of a women's movement here has
drawn attention to what she called the precarious condition of the
Holguín pediatric hospital.

Caridad Caballero, of the Marta Abreu Women's Movement, said children
with infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis and hepatitis, are often
seen in the same ward, separated only by a sheet hung as a screen.

She also said some of the bathrooms were backed up when she visited the
hospital with her young son recently. Running water, she said, is often
in short supply, electrical outlets are missing, and patient care comes
up short of adequate.

Inexplicably, she said, the hospital was singled out as overachieving by
authorities three days ago.

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