Minister of Health presides over the inauguration of the Arauca hospital


The inauguration today of the headquarters of the Hospital de la Misericordia, located in the village of Arauca (Palestine), is with the staff of the Ministry of Health. The minister, Fernando Ruiz, heads the delegation.

The event will be held today at 4:00 pm in the town, located next to the Cauca River in western Caldense, with the presence of the Vice Minister, Luis Alejandro Moscoso, and the Director of Promotion and Prevention, Gerson Bermont. They will be accompanied by the governor of Caldas, Luis Carlos Velásquez, mayors, among other authorities.

The formal ceremony takes place four days after the services begin. The first patient seen in the emergency room was a man injured by a fight and placed in the resuscitation room.

The first users who entered on Monday morning found larger spaces and offices, in relation to the old health post.

The building has two floors and is located at the entrance to the farmhouse. There they will attend vital emergencies and deliveries. The external consultation and the promotion and prevention programs will continue to be provided in the old building that is located behind the current one

The administration

The building is administered by the Santa Sofía Hospital in Manizales, which is in charge of medical and hospital care for the population of Palestine.

They also adapted a laboratory, sampling, hospitalization and X-rays, a cast area, resuscitation and healing, consulting rooms, an observation room with five beds and a delivery area.

The healthcare center will have coverage for the municipalities of Risaralda, San José and Anserma.


– The work cost $ 3,600 million.

– They added $ 1,800 to contract the white works, buy motor pumps, adapt electrical networks and acquire medical equipment.