9 May 2023 |
On April 30, Adventist Today received a statement from workers at La Carlota Hospital, owned by the Adventist university in Montemorelos, Mexico.
The Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks sanctioned the Adventist Hospital for “failure to comply with basic regulations on the expiration of medications, inadequate infrastructure,” and sorely needed updates, as well as “administrative matters that deliberately violate official Mexican standards.”
Although the hospital was not closed in its entirety, the Mexican government’s sanction was applied to “the closure of some areas of the hospital, including the surgical area.”
COFEPRIS is the Mexican government agency responsible for regulating and supervising health safety and the quality of medical products and services in Mexico. The sanctions can be found on their official website (Spanish).
This sanction set off alarms in the community, as a source explained to Adventist Today, since not only is it one of the most important hospitals in the Inter-American Division, but the COFEPRIS sanction claims that the hospital has put the health and safety of patients at risk.
The hospital employees alleged that the administration “tried to cover up the cessation of activities,” claiming that the surgical unit was closed for the purposes of “remodeling,” as they indicated in their official Instagram account (Spanish).
This would not be the first time that Hospital La Carlota received a warning from COFEPRIS. Some areas remain closed from previous issues of non-compliance due to previous reviews.