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(UNAP la Piedra) which has stopped operating since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The community of la Piedra requests that the Dominican Government reopen their only medical health center, which belongs to the municipality of La Caleta and San Antonio de Guerra, which has stopped operating since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Guanín Foundation is the only institution that has looked after this community. In the last 15 years, Guanin has built a medical health center (UNAP La Piedra) and other facilities which were constructed by the foundation’s own resources (the only medical health center that the community has), paying the doctor, nurses, and health promoters, and serving a population of 1,300 patients. Guanin has made those facilities available to the Ministry of Public Health.

The Guanin Foundation has made several attempts to have the Ministry of Health assign a physician and nurses to operate the UNAP project. This project was presented in 2014 to the Ministry of Public Health when Dr. Enriquillo Mato was the Regional Director of Metropolitan Health, but such efforts have been in vain. The Guanin officers held a meeting with the past administration of Lic. Chanel Rosa Chupany and Dr. Mirna Font, with the purpose of resuming the project with the same parameters.

On August 28, 2018, there was a meeting with the directors of UNAP, hospitals, and community leaders in the area of Boca Chica, with Mr. Chupany, to discuss their needs and the deterioration of health in our communities. The promises were forgotten. One of the most fruitful steps was the offer to sign an agreement between the Ministry of Public Health and the Guanin Foundation, a process that was paralyzed by the priority given to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have asked Dr. Lama to resume the project, as we are in the final phase, in order to resume providing the free health service to our community of La Piedra and its surroundings.

The Guanin Foundation requests the appointment of the physicians, nurses, and health promoters for the good functioning of UNAP La Piedra, its building and facilities, which we have put in the Public Health Ministry’s hands. At the same time, we ask our Dominican President Luis Abinader to come to our rescue. We are 25 minutes north of the International Airport of the Americas.

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