Goal to open dialysis center before end of year

Rafaela Félix de Figueroa, President of the Comprehensive Community Assistance Project A.C. representing the dialysis center project in Puerto Peñasco, recently reported on the clinic’s progress in fulfilling requirements established by COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for the Protection of Health Risks). Plans are still set at seeing the clinic finally begin operating by the end of the year.

Samuel Ortega, Secretary of the association, reported on income obtained through donations from the community of Puerto Peñasco and beyond, including substantial donations of work, time, and money from U.S. visitors, and also outlined activities fundraising activities carried out over the past three years.

Ortega stressed the water treatment plant alone cost $19,450 USD while the three dialysis machines cost nearly $13,000, along with other parts of the office.

Ortega Castro expressed the purchase of this equipment meets part of the requirements outlined by COFEPRIS, though additional components are still lacking. These include an electric generator with a market cost along the lines of $14,000 USD, among other requirements for certification.

He indicated the Dialysis Center has been built and equipped to meet COFEPRIS standards, noting that once it opens it will be able to provide services to some 20 people, seven of whom receive benefits through the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS).

As we reported earlier in August, the project will not be affected by the upcoming change of city administrations to take place September 15th. This is due to the fact the Center will be operated by a Board of Directors, currently led by Rafaela Félix. Félix herself is also presently the President of the local Office on Integral Family Development (DIF).

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