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Chiapas Hospitals Shutting Down for Lack of Medicines and Supplies

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April 9, 2013
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TAPACHULA, Chiapas - Major hospitals in Chiapas - Tuxtla Gutierrez, Tapachula and San Cristobal de las Casas - do not have enough medicines and surgical materials to cater to hundreds of patients, reported state health workers in a statement.

Workers revealed the deficiency and the efforts to provide services to users daily, but warned that if the problem is not immediately addressed, the activities of the hospitals could become paralyzed in the coming days.

Daniel Guerra, worker at the Regional Hospital Rafael Pascacio Gamboa of Tuxtla Gutierrez, indicated that there have suspended 70 percent of scheduled operations due to the lack of medical supplies.

Workers at the three healthcare institutions, serving nearly 30 percent of users of medical services of the institution, said that the deficiency in the quality of services is mainly due to lack of work materials and medicines, also stretchers and insufficient attention is given to patients sitting and lying in corridors.

In a statement released to the media, workers said that the problem has been happening for several months and is extremely serious.

Doctors, nurses, chemists, and other detailed administrative staff, in order not to endanger patients, have decided to schedule all surgeries because of the lack of equipment needed for procedures. All other areas such as emergency, pediatric, intensive therapy and emergency surgeries, will continue to provide care to the extent of their abilities.

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