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Sámara’s Health Clinic Refurbished Community Festivities Produce Funds
By Ashley Steyaert

Sámara’s public EBAIS health clinic has recently been renovated; a project funded “practically by the people”, according to EBAIS Sámara general practitioner Dr. Fulvio Paniagua.

The festivities held in the Cangrejal neighborhood of Sámara at the end of March 2010 raised some 5,180,000 colones in rodeo ticket and booth sales, which were immediately put to use to paint the interior and exterior of the building, repair the roof of cracks and leaks and replace glass missing from three windows Dr. Paniagua, says that a private contractor from Grecia underwent the renovation, and that a portion of the money raised also served to pay off a debt due for some work done on the clinic walls in December of 2009.

Dr. Paniagua explains that the renovation “has been done because the land does not belong to the Caja (of Social Security). The Caja does not fund [these projects because] the land on which the EBAIS clinic is built belongs to the municipality [therefore] it must be [done by] the people.” He adds, “we’ll see if we can do another activity here this coming summer to raise more funds” for the clinic.

Nicoya Health Area Administrator Sandra Abadia confirms “that lot belongs to the Municipality by right of possession, [however, she adds] that nevertheless the lot is not the most suitable to have a health center due to the fact that it is in the Maritime land zone.” She further explains they authorized the festival to be carried out in order to collect funds to repair the EBAIS building for two reasons: First, “because the building had a closure order from the Ministry of Health and the ability of continuing to provide health service there was at risk” and second “because health service depends on all Costa Ricans. If this activity hadn’t been carried out to improve the building, we were thinking about moving the practice to Carrillo.”

According to Abadia ,the Nicoya Area of Health “didn’t collaborate [with the fundraising] because the process of sending funds is not simply. First engineers have to do an inspection, then issue the results and will later depend on the proposal of what health center necessities are included or not included.” She concludes, “Our objective is to receive the donation of a lot which complies with certain characteristics to later generate funds to build a new building.”



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