At a cost of over RD$ 16 million.
The Ministry of Public Health has delivered 14 sets of neo-natal equipment to hospitals along the frontier, at a cost of over RD$16 million.
Dr. Nelson Rodríguez Monegro, the Deputy Minister for the Health Services Network, noted that the equipment would be used for ante-natal as well as neo-natal care and help lower the maternal-infant death rates in the áreas along the frontier.
The equipment includes different diagnostic sets as well as portable incubators and heart monitors. The equipment will help the Dominican Republic reach the United Nations Millennium Development Goals for 2015 in these areas.
The handover event was attended by the local UNICEF representative, María Jesús Conde as well as several Public Health Ministry officials. Dr. Rodríguez Monegro said that three neo-natal care centers would be created in the Rosa Duarte Hospital in Elías Pina, El Cercado and in the Dr. Luis Bogaert Municipal Hospital in Esperanza. Likewise, assisted ventilation would be installed in the regional and provincial hospitals of Jaime Mota in Barahona, San Bartolomé in Neiba, General Santiago Rodríguez in Santiago Rodríguez, in the Taiwán Hospital in Azua, and in the Alejandro Cabral Hospital in San Juan de la Maguana.
Neo-natal equipment was also handed over to the Fray Bartolomé Health Center in Neyba, Doctor Elio Fiallo Center in Pedernales, the General Melenciano Center in Jimani, the Federico Armando Aybar Center in Las Matas de Farfan, the Padre Fantino Center in Montecristi, and the Ramon Matías Mella Center in Dajabón.
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