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Lima hospitals understaffed and unequipped, warns comptroller

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Peru’s Comptroller General’s Office has reported severe issues at several Lima hospitals, including inadequate equipment, broken down emergency room services, and high rates of intra-hospital infections.

The nation’s Comptroller General Fuad Khoury, was quoted by El Comercio as saying that the María Auxiliadora Hospital was at risk of seeing a collapse to its emergency services, due to high demand.

Some of the hospital’s intensive care unit equipment, Khoury said, are not working or are underused.

Furthermore, the Sergio Bernales Hospital, the comptroller said, currently has an inadequate number of staff members to meet the needs of patients, and its infrastructure and equipment are insufficient.

Meanwhile, some employees at the Dos de Mayo Hospital have been exposed to five times the recommended monthly x-ray radiation exposure, El Comercio reported.

The Cayetano Heredia Hospital was also found to be understaffed, with almost twice the amount of patients that its staff could adequately handle.

Government officials, Khoury said, would continue with inspections, and will examine 50 of the city’s hospitals, in order to identify risks and make recommendations.

The Peruvian government has reported severe issues at several Lima hospitals, including inadequate equipment, and high rates of intra-hospital infections.

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