ACOMA PUEBLO HEALTH CRISIS - HOSPITAL CLOSURE

ACOMA PUEBLO HEALTH CRISIS - HOSPITAL CLOSURE

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On November 9th, 2020 Governor Brian Vallo of the Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico, declared a health crisis emergency declaration for the Pueblo regarding the scheduled closure and immediate discontinuation of significant services at community hospital by the Indian Health Service.


The Indian Health Services decision comes as funding has again been cut from the federal budget, and as other tribal partners have pulled their portion of the funding to build and manage their own facilities as the result of the lack of adequate care provided at ACL (Acoma, Cannoncito and Laguna facility). The Pueblo of Acoma Governor, Tribal officials, & their Administration were not consulted on the decision and left holding the bag to operate a 60yr old facility on 1/3 of the funding. This is happening even as IHS has received hundreds of millions of dollars from the CARES Act emergency funding. The nearest other medical facilities are 25 min west in Grants, which is not a large facility or equipped as well as those in Albuquerque, an hour's drive east.

Our community and our extended families here at the Pueblo have been suffering from the impact of COVID 19. Many have become gravely ill from the virus, and some have died. Our community relies on the ACL hospital for almost all of our medical needs. But, we are now being told that if we get seriously ill or get sick with the Corona Virus after hours, we won’t get treated at ACL, and if we need to be hospitalized, we have to drive ourselves into Albuquerque or Gallup, both about 70 miles away, depending on where you live on the reservation. All of this, while we have a hospital located right here on Acoma tribal lands.

“It is a complete abandonment by the Indian Health Service of its legal responsibilities to the People of Acoma during this global pandemic,” Acoma Gov. Brian Vallo said in a statement on Friday. “Why the IHS made this decision at this time and under these conditions is baffling.”
-Indian County Today.

Please help in fighting for our people and the people of the surrounding areas! Your signatures bring this situation to the public and respectfully demand that the Indian Health Service keep the ACL hospital open 24/7, fully staffed, and sufficiently funded, and restore complete emergency medical services and inpatient care immediately. Our lives and our health here at Pueblo are at stake.
We appreciate you all so much for taking the time to read and sign!

 

For more information please contact the response team at poacrisis@poamail.org

https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/hospital-closure-a-complete-abandonment-by-indian-health-service-aeullDZx7ESBEFhnCAdn-w 

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