Thursday, March 14, 2019

UNMH prepared for surge of migrants needing medical care

Mayor Tim Keller says the number of people coming into Albuquerque requires additional physicians from other institutions. UNMH said on Wednesday that it will provide care regardless of someone's ability to pay or immigration status. "We will be seeing a surge of 800 to 1,000 migrants into our community sometime this weekend," said David Pitcher, M.D. at UNMH. UNMH says anytime there is a flood of people in the community, there may be associated illnesses that need to be treated. Mayor Keller says Albuquerque isn't the permanent home for the migrants, but he wants to ensure that they are healthy before boarding planes, trains or buses. Pitcher says they're prepared for a rush, including those who come to the emergency room or pediatrics. Pitcher says the hospital often runs near capacity, but there are emergency plans on standby. "We should be able to handle even the worst-case scenario surge of patient needs, even if we have to implement one of our surge plans to get that done," he said...MORE

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