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KHMH’s structural failures are being addressed

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Services are expected to return to normal at the KHMH in a few weeks. This will be after the engineers from Mexico arrive, assess the damage and begin rebuilding parts of the hospital. The structural deficiencies at the KHMH has affected the functionality of the Operating theatre, the Central Sterilization Unit, the Imaging Department, Specialist Clinics, the Pharmacy and dietary services. Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ramon Figueroa, was at the KHMH today and he assured Love News that those needing medical attention are being cared for through different means.

Hipolito Novelo, Love News Reporter

“We received reports that there were board meetings in which minutes were written down or recorded that the board knew that the roof was experiencing structural problems, has this been ascertained.”

Ramon Figueroa, C.E.O., Ministry of Health

 “Well not that we knew that there was any particular problems with the hospital before. Understand that I am not speaking on behalf of the board of KHMH I sit on the board but I am speaking as the CEO of the Ministry of Health. As far as I know I didn’t know that there was any previous knowledge of structural deficiencies at the hospital. I think a couple of beams that are in there from the construction, that seems to be from the construction, were not properly constructed from the inception and now those deficiencies are manifesting.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love News Reporter

“We were made to understand that a team from Mexico was arriving in country to look and to inspect the KHMH, have they arrived as yet?”

Ramon Figueroa, C.E.O., Ministry of Health

 “Not yet. As we said based on that and the report that there were some structural deficiencies we offered KHMH the possibility of contacting the Mexicans to do a more in depth and thorough technical assessment. We are getting the design from KHMH they need to see the blueprints. We have sent it to them, we expect them to be here within the next two days or so.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love News Reporter

“From what you’ve seen and the discussions I would imagine that you’ve had with KHMH officials how much has this problem disabled the KHMH in its ability to offer medical services to the public?”

Ramon Figueroa, C.E.O., Ministry of Health

 “What KHMH is doing is really redirecting services and it will take us, I think it will take KHMH about a couple of weeks to get some of the services back on board by assigning certain areas. Now the issue is really to ensure that there is security for patient’s movement and for staff. The recommendations from the engineers is that about 20 feet of each side of where they have the structural damage you limit any circulation of personnel so that means that we have to relocate and speed up the renovation of some of the surgical facilities. While it does limit some of the services they should be back up in a couple of weeks at least some of it. The other thing that we are doing though is we are working together with KHMH to see if we can provide some of the services from the region so outpatient services could be provided by Cleopatra White or Matron Roberts, trying to extend opening hours in those facilities so people don’t have to overload KHMH. In terms of surgical services we are discussing with KHMH to see if we get the teams to the northern region or western region to do some of the surgeries that need to be done.”

The Mexican team of engineers which will play an essential role in solving this problem specializes in the design and construction of hospitals.

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