ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA
THE BAJA POST/EDITOR
Two retirement homes and one day care center and shelter for minors were temporarily shut down by the Commission Against Sanitary Risks (COEPRIS), Marco Gamez, in charge of the Mexicali office informed that the Queen Sofía and Colmena retirement homes for senior citizens and the day care center Imagina are the sanctioned establishments who didn´t meet the regulation requirements so they have been closed until they correct their omissions.
They had several violations to the health and security codes and legal requirements, and COEPRIS has been inspecting all kinds of retirement homes and children day care centers to guarantee they fulfill the normativity, and security/hygiene requirements, mostly when dealing with small children and senior citizens, said Gamez.
Queen Sofia retirement home served 13 seniors, and it is located in Jardines del Valle, in the city Hotel Area, those people were sent home with relatives while the home corrects their irregularities, which were: Lack of an internal civil protection program and Colmena retirement home seems to have ignored the authority’s recommendations and has been closed since March 20.
On the other hand, the children day care center Imagina, located in the San Marcos section of Mexicali, was closed by COEPRIS because they have no medical service special area, they don´t have the required paperwork to officially function, they have no access for the handicapped and they also lack the adequate hygiene conditions to guarantee the minors´ health protection.
They didn´t show any legal documentation to demonstrate their personnel academic degrees, so there´s no guarantee of the professionalization of their staff and there´s no one to hold the sanitary accountability of the center they don´t have the required permits to work and they don´t have an Organization and Procedure Manual, no Civil Protection program and they were not able to certify that the place has been fumigated and sanitized.