Twin blurbs on Saturday

Collegial behavior? Not.

As soon as Laboratorio di Servicio made it known that unfortunately, it had maxed its budget allocated by AZV, HOHLab, published a press release advertising its availability, calling one, calling all, to make use of its great services.

Yes, the same lab that lost all 4,000 pap smears, a few years ago, and whose previous director, an alchemist, managed to turn money into thin air. It now wants to welcome us all, to enjoy its expertise.

What they failed to mention? They are not under budget like all other commercial labs, thus they are still open.

According to my sources, they really mislead the public about their accreditation. They publicize their accredited microbiology department and forget to mention that microbiology is just 10% of the lab’s work; 90% requires clinical chemistry, for which the hospital’s lab is not accredited, and has not been accredited the last 50 years.

Sticking a finger in the eye of their colleagues in the private sector, who stayed open during the pandemic and picked up the slack when the hospital was under water, or gassy, or smelly, was obviously not appreciated.


How do you get GOA to act?

Remember the sad story of JD?

It got sadder.

JD was illegally deported with just a shirt on his back to Haiti, the land of his birth. He left Haiti when he was eighteen months old, and has been living in Aruba since. Now 34, an addict with no legal status, it was especially heartless and as I mentioned illegal, for the Minister of Justice to sign his deportation order, sneaking him out of the country, and dumping him in limbo, in problematic Port Au Prince.

An Aruban benefactor, who has been his long, informal-foster, asked a lawyer to look into the case, at merciless Awg 500 an hour. The lawyer filled an urgent court case, to bring JD back.

He won.

It was an amazing victory, the judge CONDEMNED GOA’s behavior and gave it seven days to take JD off the streets in Haiti, and bring him back here.

At the end of the seven days nothing happened.

The foster had to again seek the lawyer’s help, at merciless Awg 500 an hour, to file another urgent court case, to get GOA to move on the verdict of the original urgent case.

JD was deported October 6th, with a laissez-passer from the Haitian consulate

On Oct 21st the judge gave GOA 7 days, to reverse that deportation.

Nothing happened.

On October 28th the foster filed again, to urge GOA to act.

The next court date is December 21st.


When you talk about the little guy trampled by bureaucracy, you see the image of JD.

The foster is now desperate herself because that casual offer to help had already cost $18,000 out of pocket, between lawyer fees and fees paid to the brother of her gardener, to find JD, in the chaos of Port Au Prince, clean him up, house and feed him.

She has been timidly asking around for financial help, but people just offer sympathy.

If the deportation is reversed, JD will come back to Aruba, then Adopt an Addict, will have a solution for him, a space in the halfway home, and by then he perhaps will see the light. He suffered enough.



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November 13, 2021
Rona Coster