Warning! The Front of the Rivadavia Hospital Has Loose Masonry and There Is a Risk of Rupture
<p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The AGCBA says the front of the oldest health center in the City may suffer an "imminent collapse." The electrical panels are also in immediate danger. The maintenance department of the health center does not have material, human, and economic resources. The failures were detected by the audit in November 2011.</span></p> <div> </div>
There are dangerous electrical panels and loose masonry and moldings in the front of the building that have the possibility of an imminent collapse; these were two issues that the Auditor General of the City of Buenos Aires (AGCBA, for its acronym in Spanish) noted as "immediate risk" in the Rivadavia Hospital.
The health center, located on 2670 Las Heras Avenue, "is the oldest in the city and in 2010 received more than 227,000 outpatient visits totaling 40 different specialties". However, the years do not come alone and "the decay of the building’s infrastructure – which has been going on for some time now- is a result of the hospital "not having a maintenance service, essential to the facilities".
The report approved in June 2012, notes that the Maintenance Department "does not have material resources or specialized personnel to make repairs, causing neglect and precarious infrastructure to accumulate." Moreover, the AGCBA said "they do not have the budget to replace the shortfalls by hiring a company to take care of the issue."
Currently, the area in question "has 66 people dedicated to maintenance, but if you subtract orderlies, telephone operators and clerks, there are only 30 managers effectively maintaining the building." In fact, the watchdog found that "there is only one builder for all the health centers, no artists and there are a significant number of agents that are at a retirement age."
Works in the Rivadavia
The AGCBA found that "in 2010, ten construction jobs were completed," among which are the psychiatric pavilion roof and repairing the access of Austria road, "all amounting to 1.5 million pesos."
While auditors conducted their walk through the hospital in November 2011, they found that "there were 14 tasks, of which 6 were passed their due date." Among the latter is the repair of the roofs of the central pavilion, which was scheduled for October 31st and by November 9th they carried out 70% of the work. They also noted that the work of installing a scanner and renovation of facilities at the Department of Diagnostic Imaging, which should have been completed on October 31st at the end of the audit (November) they had executed only 10%.