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Coronavirus: the mayor of Lincoln was transferred to a clinic in Junín and took a respirator from the municipal hospital

2021-06-21T14:45:19.792Z

Salvador Serenal was hospitalized after a complication of his Covid picture. From the Commune they assured that the loan of the equipment is "a habitual practice".



06/17/2021 7:41 PM

  • Clarín.com

  • Society

Updated 06/17/2021 7:41 PM

The mayor of Lincoln,

Salvador Serenal

, was transferred to a private clinic in

Junín

due to a complication of his coronavirus picture and for that he took a respirator that he took

from the nine teams that his municipality has

.

In his environment they justified it as "

a habitual practice

", while the opposition councilors

plan to denounce it

.

Serenal, who was admitted to the Lincoln Municipal Hospital, was transferred Tuesday to a more complex private clinic in Junín with a respirator from the local health center

in case his medical condition required it.

This was admitted by the Secretary of Health of the municipality, Sergio Lorenzo.

"The mayor had his coronavirus disease at home, but his condition went from mild to moderate and it was decided to admit him to the municipal hospital.

Because he was diabetic and hypertensive,

the family decided to transfer him to a more complex clinic in Junín," he explained the official.

He specified that since the "La Pequena Familia" clinic in Junín "did not have respirators available and his medical chart could indicate that he required it,

he was transferred with a respirator from the municipal hospital

."

The official justification accounts for a "usual practice".

It was the Secretary of Health himself who said so and said that this was already happening "when patients are referred to Junín who are provided infant respirators or incubators" and added that at that time "of the nine respirators that the hospital has,

only three were occupied.

".

"The provision of respirators was never endangered and those of us who work in the health system know that it is common. In fact, the mayor improved in his health and

the respirator is already back in Lincoln,

" he said.

From the municipality, another source that

Clarín

contacted

confirmed that it is "

a common practice

" and added that

any resident of Lincoln

who needs to be transferred to another municipality

can do so with a respirator

.

Complaint from the opposition


The case aroused strong criticism from the opposition.

In the last hours, councilors from the Frente de Todos will

denounce Serenal

, who belongs to Juntos por el Cambio.

Councilor Juan Pezzi described

the conduct assumed by the communal chief

as "

repudiable

" and announced that they will file a criminal complaint to investigate whether he committed a crime when using a public asset for personal use.

Pezzi assured that the mayor's attitude "is reprehensible because

public resources cannot be used for personal use

."

"When you lend health supplies to other institutions, you do so under a protocol and so that they are available to the community,

not to a special person

," he said.

He argued that in this case "it is even more serious because the respirator, which is a rare commodity in the pandemic,

was led by doubts

" and questioned whether the communal chief had been transferred to Junín "because it

shows that he does not trust his own health system

".


The communal chief goes through the 12th day of the disease, is admitted to the clinical care room and evolves from the disease.

He has

oxygen assisted treatment

and a moderate coronavirus picture.

According to the last medical report, the mayor remains stable "and does not present new complications,

except isolated subfebrile peaks

."

He is also "in good spirits and

in better shape

."

Serenal was hospitalized after presenting "the need for a greater oxygen demand, accompanied by a metabolic syndrome, which led to his hospitalization," as reported from the municipality.

With information from Télam.

LM


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