At a press conference celebrated yesterday, Dr. Johnny Rullán, ex Secretary of the Department of Health and the person appointed to investigate the acinetobacter baumanni outbreak in the Hospital of the Carolina area, accepted that said outbreak is due to an “involuntary human error”, by merging patients that were infected with those that were not infected in the hospital. He also admitted to the hospital’s poor infection control and deficient cleaning services. Among the measures that have been taken against the outbreak, he mentioned the acquisition of “hand sanitizers”, to be used in different areas of the hospital, and of “glo-gem”, which is a light that detects infected areas.
In spite of what was indicated yesterday, there are still reports of infection with this bacterium in the hospital. Some of the patients in the hospital are still infected with the bacteria and up until to 2 weeks ago, new infections were still being reported. This is far from the publicity campaign of “everything is ok now” that is being sold to the country.
We urge the pertinent authorities to disclose the truth about the outbreak once and for all, and that they adequately assigned the responsibility.