José Joaquín Puello is appointed president of the sanitary city Luis Eduardo Aybar

Neurosurgeon physician José Joaquín Puello was sworn in as president of the Luis Eduardo Aybar Sanitary City on Wednesday, an act that took place during a meeting with the presidency’s health cabinet.

The Director of the National Health Service (SNS), Mario Lama, announced Aybar’s appointment through a publication on his Twitter account, where he noted that the doctor has “made great contributions to the health of DR.”

“Actions for the well-being of our people will continue!”, the tweet reads, in which Lama also mentions the president of the republic, Luis Abinader, and the vice president of the republic Raquel Peña.

Who is José Joaquín Puello?

José Joaquín Puello Herrera is a Dominican neurosurgeon and athlete born in 1940 in San Juan de la Maguana, a municipality in the province of San Juan.

In 1957 he moved to Santo Domingo to study medicine at the University of Santo Domingo, now recognized as the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), where he graduated in 1963 with the “Magna Cum Laude” distinction.

He continued his studies in the area at institutions such as Bambury General Hospital, affiliated with the University of Oxford, England, where he became Surgeon General. In 1971 he specialized in Micro Neurology at the University of Vermont, United States.

Winner of the Prize for Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1962, Neck has taught at Dominican universities since 1970 including the Pedro Henríquez Ureña National University (Unphu), the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) and the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (Intec).

He has served as a neurosurgeon physician in the Dr. Salvador B. Gautier Hospital, Dr. Luis Eduardo Aybar Hospital, the Dr. Enrique Lithgow Ceara Military Hospital, the Dr. Ramón de Lara Military Hospital; in the Dr. Robert Reid Children’s Hospital and Diabetes Hospital.

In addition, it acts as co-founder of the Valve Bank for hydrocephalic children in the Dominican Republic and has made numerous of them scientific research works published by national and international media.

His career as an athlete earned him several awards. From 1982 to 2003 was president of the Dominican Olympic Committee; he was appointed in 2003 Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo.

About the Luis Eduardo Aybar Sanitary City

Construction work in Greater Santo Domingo began in 2013, during the last presidential administration of Danilo Medina, and Delivery was scheduled to take place in August 2017.

The investment committed for the project was RD $ 4,062 million, which will provide care for tertiary care hospital cases to respond to very complex cases.

On February 6 of the current year, former SNS director Chanel Rosa Chupany guaranteed that the Sanitary City would be part of the Public Health Services Network, and therefore would not be privatized or turned over to any protection.

“The whole population will have access to it, especially those with limited economic resources”, Chupany added on that occasion.

The City of Health will provide the Dominican health sector with 800 hospital beds, four clinical laboratories, three blood banks, a robotic surgery room and 12 buildings, including a maternal and pediatric hospital, a surgical clinic and a cardio center. -Neuro-Ophthalmology and Transplantation (Cecanot), a Forensic Pathology and a morgue.