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Repair Work Advances at Nicoya Hospital After Earthquake

By Oliver Perez Picado for El Sabanero


Photo by Giordano Ciampini

The repair of damaged infrastructure in La Anexion Hospital in Nicoya, after the earthquake of September 5, 2012, has progressed 40% and it is estimated that it could be ready in May.

The information was provided by Dr. Jorge Fonseca Renauld, Director of the medical center and the engineer Danilo Monge, Director of Special Projects of the CCSS, who said that fortunately the work has not affected the provision of services to the population of the cantons of Nicoya, Santa Cruz, Hojancha and Nandayure, which receive care at that medical center.

According to Fonseca, as a result of the reinforcement work, they had to make adjustments and relocate certain hospital services.

The doctor pointed out that both the head of outpatient care and the pharmacy storage are operating in temporary facilities that were installed in front of the medical center.

Danilo Monge said that in this process of reconstruction and reinforcement, the slab and the rafters were repaired, the floors were demolished because they had structural faults and the electromechanical part is intervening.

The official said that the area affected by the quake will provide the same function as before the earthquake, however, the structure will be lighter in order to work properly in case another earthquake occurs.

 

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