The public health system of Puerto Rico is crumbling, and on the verge of collapse. Rats are swarming through the public schools. The Zika virus mosquito, Aedes aegypti, lives in large quantities throughout the island. PREPA is spewing toxic, poisonous gas into the atmosphere. The water supply is tainted, and can cause hepatitis A and typhoid.
And no one wants to help.
“A doctor a day has left the island,” reported Nelson Torres-Ríos, an attorney and professor at the City University of New York’s Hostos Community College. “I was at an emergency room and someone said ‘I’ve been waiting 13 hours.’ There’s no staff to handle it.”
Hospital staffing is skeletal, with 12-hour delays in most emergency room rooms. Over 4,000 physicians have left the island over the past 11 years.
Rats are beginning to roam through public school buildings. Middle schools in Vega Baja and Corozal have been so overrun by rats, that classes had to be suspended.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is warning all U.S. tourists that zika, diphtheria, hepatitis and typhoid are growing risks in Puerto Rico.
The Martin Peña Channel is choking with fifty years of toxins, sewage and infectious disease.
THE U.S. WANTS MORE AUSTERITY MEASURES
Instead of helping with all this, U.S. “austerity measures” have forced over $200 million in direct cuts to health services. This makes Puerto Rico, quite possibly, the worst place in the world to handle a viral outbreak.
So far, at least one pregnant woman has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome – a paralysis caused by the Zika virus – along with another patient. According to U.S. health officials, a “significant” number of additional Zika cases are expected.
In view of this looming catastrophe, we can make one sad prediction…
That the public health crisis in Puerto Rico will finally see some concern, and some action…
When U.S. tourists contract the Zika virus on the island, and bring it back to El Norte.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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