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Dominican Republic: Doctors threaten to leave hospitals; ophthalmologist becomes infected

The presidents of seven subsidiaries of the Dominican Medical College gave the government 72 hours to deliver the protective equipment to medical and paramedical personnel, otherwise they will leave the services.

In this regard, Dr. Waldo Ariel Suero, president of the Dominican Medical College, considered it unacceptable for professionals to abandon their responsibilities in the midst of a Coronavirus pandemic. The warning was made by the Santiago, Samaná, Hermanas Mirabal, Valderde, Dajabón, Espaillat and Santiago Rodríguez sections, said they work in inhumane conditions.
“In healthcare centers there is no water for frequent hand washing, masks, or gloves that allow treating patients with the condition or symptoms,” said the chair of the CMD.

First infected Doctor Yocasta Lara, president of the section of the Medical College in the National District, reported that the first practicing doctor at a state health center is already infected.

This is a 25-year-old doctor, a resident of the first year of ophthalmology, tested positive for the Coronavirus and was isolated at his residence in La Vega.
Lara said that the doctor in training was infected in his work area, which did not have the biosecurity that health personnel deserve at the moment.

“The CMD has been denounced for days with concern that the doctors are working at the national level without the due protection that the moment deserves, and the authorities do not pay us due attention.”

In this sense, he held the authorities responsible for putting at risk the lives of more than 18,000 doctors who are currently facing the pandemic. “We demand, as a representative of the medical conglomerate, that hospitals are equipped with the necessary clothing, and that health personnel are not exposed to contagion,” he insisted.

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