(January 21, 2020 – Washington, D.C.) Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved nearly $40 million in funding to replace or restore critical hospital services facilities damaged by the 2017 Hurricanes. After Hurricanes Irma and María devastated the island in 2017, the only available hospital in the island municipality of Vieques suffered severe infrastructure damage leaving 9,000 U.S. citizens without access to proper medical care.
Currently, the residents of the island municipality of Vieques rely on a temporary facility to receive medical care and without a functioning hospital, the residents are forced to make trips to Puerto Rico mainland to receive medical services. The approval of $40 million will allow the Government of Puerto to build a hospital services facility so that the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico that reside in the island municipality of Vieques can have the access to high-quality health care services that they deserve.
“The U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico that live in the municipality of Vieques have suffered enough without access to a working hospital. This $40 million in federal funding will provide Vieques residents the access to high-quality healthcare services they deserve by bringing a working hospital to the municipality.” said Jennifer M. Storipan, Esq. “Our priority is the fair treatment of the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico and we will continue working to ensure that they have the resources they need as they continue to recover from both the 2017 Hurricanes and the earthquakes that are affecting the island”