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Puerto Rico’s Health Care Workers, System Struggles To Treat Patients Amid Power Outages, Communications Challenges Following Hurricane Maria

New York Times: Puerto Rico’s Health Care Is in Dire Condition, Three Weeks After Maria
“…Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, many sick people across the island remain in mortal peril. The government’s announcements each morning about the recovery effort are often upbeat, but beyond them are hidden emergencies. … Hospitals are running low on medicine and high on patients, as they take in the infirm from medical centers where generators failed. … [M]edical workers and patients say that an intense medical crisis persists and that communications and electrical difficulties have obscured the true number of fatalities directly related to the hurricane. The official count rose on Tuesday to 43…” (Robles et al., 10/10).

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