SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – September 7th, 2012 -
Clinics, hospitals and health departments across the country are now assessing the damage from Wednesday’s earthquake. The Costa Rican Social Security System, known locally as Caja or CCSS, estimates between 500 million and one billion colones ($1 million to $2 million USD) of losses and damages to the country’s public health care infrastructure, much of which was sustained at Monsenor Sanabria Hospital in Puntarenas.
As a result, CCSS said all elective inpatient surgeries will be suspended in the San Ramon, Grecia, Alajuela, San Juan de Dios, Mexico, and Calderon Guardia hospitals.
Minutes after the earthquake, patients and staff at the Calderon Guardia Hospital in San Jose were evacuated into the plaza, as various cracks in the admissions and emergency areas of the building occurred.
Another medical facility that was damaged was the San Vicente de Paul, in Heredia, in which two pipes broke and caused the women’s medicine section to flood.
Costa Rica suffered remarkably little damage from Wednesday’s power 7.6 magnitude earthquake. Experts are crediting Costa Rica’s tight building standards in comparison to many other countries in the region.