After part of the ceiling of one of the beds at João Câncio Hospital, in Sena Madureira, in the interior of Acre, collapsed on top of patients this Friday (2), the ward where the accident occurred was closed by the Fire Department due to the risk of a new collapse.
People who were hospitalized in this area were relocated to a building where the Mobile Emergency Care Service (Samu) operated. The Health Department of Acre (Sesacre) was unable to inform how many patients needed to be removed and taken to the other building.
A 33-year-old man who was hospitalized in the infirmary was hit by the structure and was seriously injured. The patient is quadriplegic and needed to be transferred to Rio Branco on Friday. In the capital, he underwent evaluations by three specialists and is intubated at the Intensive Care Center (ICU) of the emergency room.
Part of the ceiling of João Câncio Hospital collapsed this Friday afternoon (2)
“Since he arrived at the Emergency Room, the patient has received all the assistance possible. The entire team, including doctors, surgeons, nurses and technicians, is committed to the care, in addition to the secretary of health, Paula Mariano, who continues to closely monitor this case” , informed Sesacre.
Near the area where the ceiling fell there is an expansion and renovation work on the health unit. According to the government, R$ 15 million were invested in the reform for ‘improvements in the care of users of the Unified Health System’.
The structure of the João Cancio Hospital ceiling was deteriorated and the ward was closed — Photo: Arquivo/Fire Brigade of Acre
The commander of the Fire Department of Sena Madureira, Lieutenant Gustavo Marinho, said that the teams are preparing a report this Saturday with the causes of the accident. He explained that the entire area was cordoned off and pieces of wood were placed to support the structure.
“The lining was going to fall anyway because its support was all rotten. Everyone was removed, the construction staff is making the lining struts to know whether or not it will be reused, but I don’t think so. I don’t think they will use it more that area until it undergoes a work”, he stressed.
Marinho stated that the report indicated that the structure was quite deteriorated. The report with the information will be delivered to the administration of the health unit with a request for immediate eviction of the area. “It was a wooden structure, a damp place, it really rotted”, he concluded.