The president attended this Monday the 30th at the inauguration of the reform of the auxiliary center of San Gregorio de Polanco, a member of the Department’s Primary Care Network (RAP). The investment amounted to 11,500,000 pesos, of which 4,000,000 were donated by the Japanese Government. The works included changes and extensions that will improve, among other things, the telemedicine service.
In addition to the President of the Republic, Luis Lacalle Pou, the secretary and deputy secretary of the Presidency, Álvaro Delgado and Rodrigo Ferrés, respectively; the president of the State Health Services Administration (ASSE), Leonardo Cipriani, and the mayor of Tacuarembó, Wilson Ezquerra. They were accompanied by national and departmental authorities, including members of the ASSE board of directors.
The investment dedicated to the works was 11,500,000 pesos, of which 7,500,000 were contributed by ASSE and 4,000,000 by the Government of Japan, through the Kusanone program.
The president of ASSE, Leonardo Cipriani, highlighted that, after 11 months of work, the center not only looks “prettier”, but it is more comfortable and safe and allows officials to carry out their tasks more efficiently. In San Gregorio de Polanco, almost the entire population, some 3,400 people, is a user of the public health provider.
The hierarch said that the organization is working on the telemedicine project, with the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), so that patients can access solutions from their places of residence, through remote consultations with medical specialists. This will make it possible to improve the quality of care in rural areas.
In another order, Cipriani reported that, through the accountability law, the strongest growth in terms of health occurred in the north of the country, which in this administration increased 34% in officials and 88% in personnel alternate.
He also stated that ASSE increased the purchase of medicines for the department by 54% and recalled the work carried out in different polyclinics.
He also emphasized the operation of the highly specialized cardiology institute of medicine (IMAE)) located in the capital of Tacuarembó, where catheterizations are performed, so it is not necessary to transfer patients to Montevideo.
Mayor Ezquerra pointed out the importance of the infrastructure works presented during the conference and mentioned the permanent growth in health at the departmental level.
The reforms in the establishment included the repair of roofs, the extension of the waiting room and the access to the polyclinic, the reform of the radiology service, the administrative area, the address, the bathrooms and the adaptation of the telemedicine office. The internal data network was also increased, which will allow patients to access consultations with specialists.
After the oratories, the authorities received awards, proceeded to cut the ribbon and toured the facilities.
In June 2021, ASSE established a donation contract with the Japanese Embassy in Uruguay, aimed at renovating and expanding medical establishments, as well as acquiring equipment to promote telemedicine in Salto, Tacuarembó, Durazno and Rocha.