Cotacachi Hospital & Health Services


Cotacachi Ecuador hospital and health services are complete. Many are free!

There is a small hospital, certainly good for emergencies. Founded in 1977 it is similar to those in other small Ecuador populations.

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The Cotacachi hospital has a pride that everyone attached to the hospital feels.  Their mission statement is “To convert Cotacachi into a healthy county in which the multi-ethnic peoples live in social, spiritual, material and environmental harmony exercising shared rights and responsibilities in a participative democracy applying principles and values of equality and solidarity prioritizing the promotion of health with universal access to health services of warmth and quality using both western and traditional knowledge and practices.”

The Head of Cotacachi hospital is Doctor Oscar Castillo.

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Cotacachi hospital is funded by the Ministry of Health based in Quito and as such ALL services are free.

This surprises many but so do the care and standards of Cotacachi’s hospital and health services.

There are doctors providing consultations to the local citizens, a specialist children’s doctor. Services include vaccinations, pregnancy care and general medical practice.

There are four emergency doctors who treat burns and injuries from accidents and also an operating theater with a general surgeon.

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Staff nurses are ready to attend the patients in the wards, separated into those for men, women and children.

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Operations performed at the Cotacachi hospital include appendectomies, hysterectomies, removal of the gall bladder and treating hernias. All of these are free to all who show up including non-Ecuadorians.

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There is a dental center, again offering free dental attention.

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There is also a testing laboratory that run tests on blood, urine and feces to test for cholesterol and psa levels or even parasites…

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Cotacachi hospital does not treat broken bones nor patients who’ve suffered a heart attack or stroke. These patients are rushed by ambulance to city hospitals or clinics in nearby Ibarra. Or they are brought to Cotacachi hospital to be stabilized before being transferred to other clinics.

One delegate at our hotel had a heart attack one night.  He was whisked there and stabilized.  He was then taken to Ibarra hospital and finally Metropolitan in Quito before heading back to the US.

Later he had a second attack in Atlanta. His comment was that he was headed back here because if he had a third attack he wanted to be in Ecuador.  He stated that not only was the difference in cost incredible (no $27 a roll toilet paper here, he said), but the caring nature of the Ecuadorians made him feel really looked after.

Repeatedly we have had guests tell us they visited a doctor and that the doctor then drove 45 minutes to just stop by and see how the guest was doing… no extra charge.

Until next message may all you health be good.

Gary

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