On my mind on Monday

In the right direction, at HOH

With the nomination of Ronnie Van Trigt as crisis manager it seems we are on the road to recovery at Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital.

In the wake of the recent disastrous data hacking, and other miscellaneous scandals, in accordance to our national calamity plan, GOA took HOH over and the MinHealth nominated new leadership.

Though not from of the medical profession, RVT has been on the board of AZV for about 6 years. The man knows which side it up, he’s good with numbers, has private sector business experience and best of all having sat on a number of boards during his career including ATIA, he knows how to reach consensus, move things forward, take decisions and deal with people with crazy ideas.

Will he get the power, the authority to act and fix the calamity at the hospital?

Or is it only a short-term remedy while the hacking of data interferes with the main business of taking care of patients?

I am optimistic. I think the MinHealth is going to do the right thing for us, give RVT the power to clean house and send all clowns who couldn’t keep critical health care clean, management and board, home.

HOH has been in crisis for YEARS. If RVT gets full authority he will partner with a solid medical establishment overseas, seek partnerships and collaborations, just like Baptist Health was so helpful to Aruba at the time.

Perhaps it still is, with the opening of the cancer treatment clinic in San Nicholas  

With a new experienced and professional team in place, I see light at the end of the tunnel. Aruba should seek help, not from a place of weakness but from a place of strength, the strength and intelligence to realize we require support.

As an island, we’re so fortunate to have a Universal Health Plan, something most countries can only dream of, and I am confident MinHealth is on board to protect it and strengthen the system. Applause.


Farewell to Padu       

One of my friends writes: Flags in Aruba should have been at half-mast and a National Day of Mourning should have been observed. Truly there will never be another Juan Lampe. His passing marks in my mind the end of ‘Old Aruba.’ The end of innocence. The end of an era that nearly all visitors and many locals can only read about. A time much simpler, before the internet and globalization. When the island was asleep, in bed at 9pm, because there was crude oil to refine the following morning 7am, and school to attend. Those times are long gone now and Padu’s passing locks the gates…. forever.

There was a little too much popcorn dancing at the memorial, but otherwise a befitting farewell.

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December 09, 2019
Rona Coster