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Juarez Hospital Crisis Cools Down as Donations Come In

June 24, 1989

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) _ Donations have begun pouring into a hospital where the 30-year-old air- conditioning system is broken and the temperature in the stifling pediatric ward has climbed to 100 degrees.

A New Mexico factory that makes evaporative coolers installed four units in the ward at Juarez General Hospital, across the border from El Paso, Texas; an anonymous donor gave 20 portable fans and two air conditioners; and the El Paso City-County Health District offered maintenance workers.

″I am sincerely overwhelmed and elated to see how these people have responded,″ Juarez General director Victor Manuel Jurado said Thursday as workers from Bacchus Industries of Santa Teresa, N.M., installed the evaporative coolers.

Jurado and others said the hospital needs help in airconditioning the operating rooms and emergency room as well as an overhaul of the 40-year-old sewer system. Sewage has backed up and is running on the floors of some rooms and dripping through the ceilings.

″The response has been incredible,″ Jurado said. ″But we need to organize ourselves so as not to duplicate efforts and to distribute the help where it is needed the most.″

Juarez General is the city’s only public hospital.

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