Pressure tank from Venezuela arrives on the island
20 March, 2012
WILLEMSTAD — The official installation of the new pressure tank took place at the WTC last Friday. This tank comes from Venezuela and was paid for by executive Vittorio de Stefano from the Caribbean Medical University and others.
The project had started approximately one year ago. The adjustment of the decompression room in the St. Elisabeth Hospital to accommodate this pressure tank is almost ready and had cost 300,000. The former pressure tank had broken down several years ago.
A pressure tank is important for an island such as Curaçao with its many diving tourists. In former days, the equipment of the navy was used. A decompression room is not only used with diving accidents but also to treat burns with oxygen. Diabetics also benefit from such treatment owing to problems with their limbs.
Prior to the arrival of the pressure tank, Jacinta Constancia, Minister of Public Health (MFK), paid a working visit to the Medical Department of the Centro Medico Ambulatorio Hiperbárico in Caracas. Doctor Adolfo Gonzalez, director of the medical center, was also present at the official installation yesterday. The new tank is named Sr. Edwin Bruder Valeriano, a tribute to a brother who had worked in the old pressure tank.
Five people will be trained for the new pressure tank. Expectations are that the pressure tank can be put into use in September.