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HEALTH

Complaints filed over hospital projects

Officials have filed 10 complaints with prosecutors.

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The Ministry of Health has filed 10 complaints in the Public Prosecutor's Office for alleged irregularities in hospital projects.

A report made by the ministry's legal department stated that nine of those allegations are connected with the administration of former President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) and the other is related to the current government.

According to the document, it has requested investigations into apparent anomalies in the construction of Minsa-Capsi facilities in Cuipo, in Colón, Rio Sereno, in Chiriqui, and Carti, in the Comarca Guna Yala.

These health facilities had a cost of between $5 million and $10 million.

In the case of the Minsa-Capsi project in Carti, for example, the facility is located in an area so remote that the nearest connection point to the electrical grid is 30 kilometers from the site.

There are also allegations over anomalies in the purchase of fuel in Guna Yala.

Another of the complaints relates to the contract for emergency airlift services in areas of difficult access for about $7 million.

Minister of Health Miguel Mayo said that the complaints were prepared by the legal department and are not political in nature.

"An audit was made and the law requires the filing of a complaint if there are irregularities," he said.

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