Health March 19, 2024 | 9:24 am

First Lady presents oncopediatric pavilion for child and adolescent care

Santo Domingo.- First Lady Raquel Arbaje, along with Carlos Bonilla, Minister of Housing and Buildings (MIVED), and Mario Lama, Director of the National Health Service, unveiled the new “Uniendo Voluntades Oncopediatric Pavilion” at the Rosa Emilia Tavarez National Cancer Institute (INCART).

This facility, equipped with cutting-edge medical technology for pediatric and adolescent cancer treatment, spans 2,273 square meters and includes 41 hospital beds, two operating rooms, an anesthesiology room, an intensive care unit, six pediatric offices, a nursing station, and a day hospital.

Arbaje emphasized that the pavilion not only aims to provide high-level therapeutic care and a pleasant physical environment for children, adolescents, and young adults but also prioritizes the human aspect of the project.

For the first time, the Uniendo Voluntades Oncopediatric Pavilion will offer specialized care to adolescents and young people up to 24 years old, with an exclusive protocol tailored to their needs.

Minister Carlos Bonilla expressed appreciation for the First Lady’s initiative in securing funding for the construction and equipment of the pavilion, highlighting her commitment to improving the quality of life for vulnerable Dominicans. He thanked her for involving MIVED in the project, which adhered to the highest national and international health standards.

Mario Lama, Director of the National Health Service (SNS), underscored the significance of the pavilion in providing timely and quality care to children affected by cancer, thanks to President Luis Abinader’s commitment to making it a reality. He commended the collaborative efforts of the First Lady and MIVED in achieving this milestone.

The new pavilion, a product of the Uniendo Voluntades initiative, aims to expand specialized services for children with cancer while also humanizing the therapeutic process and alleviating the emotional burden on patients and their families.

Designed by MIVED, the pavilion meets national and international standards that prioritize spaces conducive to the emotional well-being of pediatric patients.

Through her “Uniendo Voluntades” initiative, the First Lady secured non-refundable financial contributions for the construction and acquisition of equipment, facilitated by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI).

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