MARGARITA ISLAND HEALTHCARE
JUST FOR YOU
(Ear, Nose, and Throat)
Juan Griego and Porlamar
HEALTH FOOD STORES
ANIMAL HEALTH CARE
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Above is the free hospital for the city of Porlamar. It is located off the main street of Cuatro de Mayo where it intersects with San Rafael. This picture is not the best, because the hospital sits back behind the brick wall with the blue sections and I was across the main road while taking the picture. Soon, hopefully, I will be able to take more detailed pictures to put with this one.
This is not a picture of a Hospital, but a picture of just one of the MANY pharmacies, or farmacias as they are spelled here. The pronunciation is similar, but the accent is placed on the ''ma'' part of the word. I''m not very good on pronunciation, so it took me a long time (and one of my kids to correct me enough) to say it the right way. You can find a farmacia on almost every street corner it seems. And some of them, like this one for instance, is open 24 hours a day. They range from little ''mom and pop'' places right on up the ladder to the national pharmacy chains.
This building houses the many offices of the different medical providers: Pediatricians, Orthopedists, Laboratories, X-rays and medical specialists, such as hand surgeons. I have not personally investigated the entire building yet to see what all it contains, but plan on doing so after I get this site with more content. Although, I did go with a friend of mine when she took her son to one of the pediatricians located on the 2nd floor, but I did not go through the whole building as there wasn''t time.
This is the same building as in the previous picture. Even though this is an island off the coast of Venezuela it has some pretty modern facilities and services available, although they can''t be judged by what you have back home. But all that will be covered somewhere else in this website.
This picture is of one of the many laboratories, or as you can see a Laboratorio. And just like the farmacias there are many of these as well. ''Mom and Pop'' right on up the scale.
This red brick building houses numerous medical offices where physicians share offices with each other. One doctor might see patients in the morning from 7:30a.m or 8:00 a.m. til 12:00p.m. or 12:30 p.m., or whenever they get to the office and begin seeing patients until they finish with those who have shown up to be seen. Then the afternoon doctor might start seeing patients anywhere from 2pm. til 4p.m. and finish when all patients have been seen. Usually the doctors instruct the patients to see them on a certain day, and the patients will show up 1 to 2 hours before the doctor is supposed to arrive at the office in order to either get on the appointment list or be in line to be seen as early as possible. Most doctors do not set the patient an appointment time. I went with a friend of mine to one of the doctors in this building and they had to wait quite some time as the doctor was late coming in to the office. This is, as you guessed it, one of MANY medical office buildings on this small island. In fact, this building is right across the street from "Centro Diagnostico Porlamar" pictured above.
Here is one of the health food stores that my friends and I shop in once a month...and other times too if we need something extra. This is one of the nicer places to shop for supplements and herbs, because they have a wide array of dried herbs that are native to Venezuela. I make a tea from Cola de Caballo (horsetail), Diente de Leon (dandelion), Cayena (hibiscus), Palo de Arco (pau d''arco), Borraja (borage), Te'' Verde, and Yerba Mate''. They also sell commercial supplements, locally made herb elixers, spices such as nuez (nutmeg), condiments such as pimienta negra (black pepper), and an assortment of locally made cookies and other snacks. They also carry some things like oats, barley, flax seeds and whole wheat flour. This is not an all inclusive list by any means, so you will have to browse the store to see what all they have. It is not a large store, but it is packed with goodies. And, again, this is just one of many health food stores on the island.
This picture is of one of the MANY street vendors in Porlamar. He is a very nice gentleman who sells, amongst other things, Aceite de Coco. Or coconut oil in English. You can see that he has quite an assortment of ''wares'' and that there are several bottles of aceite coco (which is how you will see it written here a lot of the time) on his table. My friends and I buy aceite de coco from him about once a month. The only reason I mention this vendor and the aceite de coco is because the oil is good for you. Now, this oil is not the processed, refined, sweet smelling oil that you can buy from the healthfood stores where you come from, or that you can order over the internet,*** and smells like that dried, sweetened coconut that you eat. It smells like coconut oil, but you can tell that it has been heated. Coconut oil can withstand higher temperatures, so that is not a problem, but it must be used within a couple of weeks or stored in the refrigerator until needed. I pour some into a smaller bottle and store the rest in the frig until I need more. Then I get it out, let it warm to room temperature to become liquid, put more in my smaller bottle, and return the rest to the frig.
Ok, that is the extent of the pictures until I can take some more, so I will be moving on to list the numerous medical and dental providers and facilities available here.