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Mexico 1/29/2015

Federal District, Cujimalpa. A fuel tanker exploded near a hospital killing 7, injuring 22 children and 32 adults. The Cujimalpa Maternal and Child hospital underwent damages in 30% of the structure due to the explosion. Patients were sent to 7 Public hospitals and also to Social Security Institute.  To date the response is at local level.   (m.: INFORMADOR, ELUNIVERSAL

Guatemala 1/29/2015

Rains in Santa Catarina Pinula - Colonia El Cambray II, CONRED suggests that neighbors be relocated as the risk of structures collapsing is present. During last year there were structures that collapsed.  (m.: DIGITAL).

Bolivia 1/29/2015

Storms update - Department of Chuquisaca, rains, hailstorms, and floods are affecting the population in the communities of Santa Rosa, Las Casas and Las Cañas, in the Azurduy province. (o.s.: ABI).

Mexico 1/29/2015

Federal District, Cujimalpa. A fuel tanker exploded near a hospital killing 7, injuring 22 children and 32 adults. The Cujimalpa Maternal and Child hospital underwent damages in 30% of the structure due to the explosion. Patients were sent to 7 Public hospitals and also to Social Security Institute.  To date the response is at local level.   (m.: INFORMADOR, ELUNIVERSAL



Hospital Disaster Planning Course Updated

In 2009, PAHO/WHO revised the course materials for Hospital Planning for Disaster Response, with the collaboration of professionals from Central and South America. In updating the course, material was included on important aspects of hospital preparedness, including pandemic influenza pandemic, climate change, new concepts about safe hospitals, and the Hospital Safety Index.

Participants reviewed the course sequence and content to make sure that the course presents a practical model of the hospital emergency plan, which is the main objective of the course.

As part of the revision process, an analysis of experiences throughout the region was made. The Risk Management Team for Costa Rica’s Social Security Fund agreed to prepare the first draft. A workshop in Nicaragua was convened, where experts from Central and South America analyzed the content and methodology proposed for the new version. Finally, materials were tested at the Hospital de Cobán in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. New recommendations emerging from that trial were incorporated in the training materials.

Currently, the course is available in Spanish only. It can be accessed here.

 

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