Protecting All New Yorkers, Says Northern Manhattan Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez

March 28, 2020

It is incredible that one of the wealthiest nations in the world has been hobbled by a shortage in medical equipment, exposing us to be no more prepared than any developing nation in the world. Some of the most vulnerable communities are in Northern Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens among other areas throughout the 5 boroughs. In our City, our brave doctors, nurses, hospital staff, EMS workers, NPYD officers, firefighters and all other health care workers have been working around the clock to ensure every New Yorker receives the care and attention they need to survive. To them, I say thank you.

We have been made aware by many public servants that they have been able to locate and identify various sources of medical equipment for a fraction of the inflated price the State is currently paying some distributors. It is our responsibility to advocate and push through the bureaucratic red tape that has been delaying the release of live saving equipment. We need to call on all private, public, and military support to bring the resources the country needs during this unparalleled moment in history.

Additionally, we need to prioritize communities at higher risks and dangers in the City. Elmhurst hospital in Queens is only one of many hospitals across the City that desperately needs resources and proper medical equipment to ensure their healthcare workers and patients are kept safe during this pandemic. Many immigrant and low-income communities are especially at risk because of the many health conditions that particularly impact those communities at disproportionate rates. During this public health crisis, we will be remembered not by the number of New Yorkers we were able to save but rather by the lives of those who had succumbed to the virus because the wealthiest City in the nation was not able to provide sufficient amount of medical equipment.


Protegiendo Todos Los Neoyorquinos
Especialmente Nuestras Comunidades Más Vulnerables

Es increíble que una de las naciones más ricas del mundo esté estropeada a causa de la escasez de equipos médicos, lo que expone que no estamos mejor preparados que ninguna otra nación en desarrollo en el mundo. Algunas de las comunidades más vulnerables se encuentran en el Norte de Manhattan, el Bronx y Queens, entre otras áreas en los 5 condados. En nuestra ciudad, nuestros valientes médicos, enfermeras, personal del hospital, trabajadores de EMS, policia, bomberos y todos los demás trabajadores de la salud han estado trabajando las 24 horas para garantizar que cada neoyorquino reciba la atención y la atención que necesita para sobrevivir. A ellos les digo, gracias.

Muchos servidores públicos nos han informado de que han podido localizar e identificar diversas fuentes de equipos médicos por una fracción del precio inflado que el Estado está pagando actualmente a algunos distribuidores. Es nuestra responsabilidad defender y superar la burocracia que ha retrasado la accesibilidad a equipos para salvar vidas. Necesitamos solicitar todo el apoyo privado, público y militar para traer los recursos que el país necesita durante este momento sin precedentes en la historia.

Además, debemos priorizar las comunidades con mayores riesgos y peligros en la ciudad. El hospital de Elmhurst en Queens es solo uno de los muchos hospitales de la ciudad que necesita desesperadamente recursos y equipo médico adecuado para garantizar que sus trabajadores de salud y pacientes estén a salvo durante esta pandemia. Muchas comunidades de inmigrantes y de bajos ingresos están especialmente en riesgo debido a las muchas condiciones de salud que afectan particularmente a esas comunidades a tasas desproporcionadas. Durante esta crisis de salud pública, seremos recordados no por la cantidad de neoyorquinos que pudimos salvar, sino por el número de vidas que sucumban al virus porque la ciudad más rica de la nación no pudo proporcionar suficiente cantidad de equipo médico.

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