Published On: Mon, Aug 20th, 2012

Constancia: Sehos delays process for pressure tank

WILLEMSTAD Minister of Public Health Jacinta Scoop-Constancia (MFK) expects to sign the collaboration agreement with the St. Elisabeth Hospital (Sehos) on Monday for the pressure tank to come into operation. This means the first patients can be treated in the pressure tank before September 1st.

According to Scoop-Constancia, the Sehos delayed the process regarding the pressure tank by not wanting to sign the collaboration agreement. As long as they refused to sign, she couldn’t do anything to speed up the case, said the outgoing minister.

We must forget about the no-yes discussion whether the pressure tank is a gift from Venezuela, according to the minister. What’s important is that Curaçao has a new medical facility, said Constancia.

The minister recently said she expected to sign the contract between the manager of the pressure tank, The Medical Center of Curaçao and the Sehos beginning this week. The hospital indicated earlier to await the decision from the Inspection of Public Health whether the medical staff of the treatment center has the right qualifications and documents before assuming responsibility, considering the pressure tank is located in the hospital.

For the time being the Venezuelan specialists could function under responsibility and supervision of a medical specialist already available in the Sehos. It’s unclear whether a local specialist offered to do so. General Director of the Sehos, Javier Hernandez, was not available for comment today. According to the minister, Venezuelan specialists Adolfo Gonzales and Diana Pineda Monsalve will operate the pressure tank for six months. During this period the former will train local specialists and nurses, who are subsequently to take over the work.

The treatment center applied for a permit as ‘medical institute’. According to the minister, this has been arranged in the meantime. This means the administration needn’t proceed via the Sehos but that the SVB compensates The Medical Center of Curaçao directly – in conformity with the rates valid since 2001.

Earlier on the hospital suggested taking over the pressure tank for the symbolic amount of 1 guilder. The minister could approve such because all medical equipment financed by the government will be placed with an institute. This is done because the hospital is facing financial problems and to prevent a possible attachment on expensive equipment, said Constancia. The government invested 300,000 guilders in the facility for the pressure tank on the Sehos premises.


Miscreants vandalized the pressure cabin one day before the official opening. Minister of Public Health Jacinta Scoop-Constancia (MFK) disclosed this during the press conference yesterday. The pressure cabin has meanwhile been repaired and is ready to be used. The identity of the vandals is unknown. The minister thought is was an ‘inside job’, considering only personnel of the Sehos supposedly have a key. Owner and manager of the pressure cabin, The Medical Center of Curaçao, has meanwhile replaced the lock and keys. As far as the minister knows, a report on vandalism wasn’t filed.

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