[FACT CHECK] Secretary of Health Carlos Mellado: “You must remember that those hospitals are private.”

The DS is responsible for licensing, inspecting and supervising all hospitals, ensuring that their physical plant meets the safety standards required by Act 101 on Health Facilities and the Health Secretary’s Regulations for the Construction, Operation, Maintenance and Licensing of Hospitals in Puerto Rico.

[CHEQUEO DE DATOS] Carlos Mellado: “Hay que recordar que los hospitales son privados”.

Sostuvo en varias ocasiones que hay que “ayudar” a estos hospitales, aunque no sean del Departamento de Salud, cuando la realidad es que Salud es el responsable en Puerto Rico de licenciar, inspeccionar y fiscalizar a todas las instituciones hospitalarias, asegurando que su planta física cumpla con los estándares de seguridad que exigen la Ley 101 de Facilidades de Salud y el Reglamento del Secretario de Salud para la Construcción, Operación, Mantenimiento y Licenciamiento de los Hospitales en Puerto Rico. 

Increasingly Uncertain Securing a Place to Live in Public Housing in Puerto Rico

In Aguadilla’s Residencial José A. Aponte public housing project everything is uncertain. While the Public Housing Administration (AVP, in Spanish) has it on its list for possible demolition because it is in a flood prone zone, residents are unaware of the details or where they will live. Ana María Esteves, who has lived in this complex for 58 years, confirms that she found out about the possible demolition from  her neighbors, but so far, American Management, the company that manages the housing project that has been her home for “a lifetime,” has not said anything about those plans. Wilfredo Benejan Acevedo agreed with her. He heard of the government’s intentions through comments from people and on the radio.