In Santo Domingo city (Ecuador), the situation in the hospital Gustavo Dominguez where it was announced last March 9 that they had babies in cardboard cribs, generated mutual accusations between the health minister, David Chiriboga, and the dismissed hospital director of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Jaime Jaramillo.
Yesterday, in a press release Chiriboga announced the dismissal of his collaborator; of the director of the nursing home, Katalina Sandoval, and the administrative director, Eduardo Chiluisa, “due to the poor condition of the hospital”.
Yesterday, Jaramillo showed a letter sent to Chiriboga on 2 March, in which he reported the situation of excess demand and lack of resources in the hospital, especially in the care area for newborns. “There was no sensitivity to the needs of Santo Domingo,” said Jaramillo, who also said that the photographs which appear babies in cribs crowded and cardboard were known to senior officials of the Ministry of Health.
Clay Cabrera, Ombudsman of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas said that on March 9 during an inspection to the hospital, Sandoval told him about the death of twelve infants that were born premature and one that died because of a general infection. He also informed him that three bacteria were detected several days earlier.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, at Gustavo Dominguez hospital it was a general cleaning day inside and out. With water pumps, hoses, and brooms, workers washed the external roofs, walls cleaned and pruned gardens. Chiriboga said he arranged the hiring of a cleaning company to undertake a comprehensive intervention, including disinfection and sterilization of the entire infrastructure of the hospital. He told that the hospital is included among those to be attended in the second phase of the health emergency.
Source: El Universo Newspaper