After the relaxing day yesterday, we spent today with site tours in El Tigre. Our first site was the community health center called Puesto Sanitario Delta Tigre. We rode a boat to get there. I get motion sickness so I was a little scared for the ride, but it ended up being very smooth.
This community health center is a public center funded by the municipality, instead of the province. It offers the basic needs of the common people of the community. The center tries to solve 80% of the problems. As a cost-benefit solution, the center has a primary care model to guarantee accessibility for the community. Almost everything (machines, medicine, etc) is supplied by the municipal and some are supplied by the central government such as vaccines. They also have a first response team since it is cheaper and easier to be accessible and responsive to accidents. Throughout this community, there are several other community health centers that offer the same basic health care needs and primary care.
The second place we visited was the Hospital Municipal Infantil de Tigre. I had the assumption that the public hospitals would not be as nice as private hospitals, for instance, the Austral Hospital. However, when we got to the hospital, it looked very nice and new. Inside reminded me of my high school, and it seemed like technologies that they had are up to date. The hospital was for maternity and delivery care. Like the community health center, this hospital is also funded by the municipality. Likewise, other needs were given by the government. The structure and system of the hospital were very clear and precise. We were able to see the neonatal care unit, in which we got to see the newborn babies. The pediatric/pregnancy emergency room was very crowded and filled with a lot of sick children. Overall, the hospital was just very organized and clean. It felt just as nice, or if not nicer than Austral.
As Tigre is a very wealthy community, the municipal is able to have nice public hospitals and community health centers. Also, the potential benefit of having primary care models for community health centers is that they can save a lot of money and are more accessible to residents. It also can serve as preventive care and can support healthy lifestyles. Offering preventive care can lead to cost-cutting which is good since these community health centers are in the red.
Besides this, we had a very nice lunch in the sun as well as we got to visit the market. Tomorrow will be a fun day with Tango and volunteering! I am excited.