Rome (NEV), November 7, 2020 – The work of the Betania Protestant Hospital in Naples, in the Ponticelli district, continues and intensifies in these days, when the health emergency seems to worsen.
“The considerable increase in infections from COVID-19 in the Campania Region – reads a note from the hospital – has pushed the General Management and the Health Management of the Betania Protestant Hospital in Naples to limit access to patients and staff only, starting from 15 October. It has also been decided to suspend the activity of the indoor canteen and of the chaplaincy service, in order to guarantee the maximum safety of staff and patients. Therefore, access to the hospital, already restricted to patients’ families, is also not allowed to consultants, suppliers, representatives and medical-scientific informants”.
A few days ago the national TV Rai program “Buongiorno Regione”, wanted to tell the commitment of the Betania Protestant Foundation and of the connected hospital, giving voice to the president of the Foundation, Cordelia Vitiello, to the Health Director, Antonio Sciambra, and to the General Manager, Luciano Cirica.
“The Betania Protestant Hospital – explained the Health Director Antonio Sciambra – will make about 50% of the 158 beds available to the regional COVID-19 network, that is, between 60 and 70 COVID beds. 4 beds will be for intensive care, 8 for sub-intensive care and the remaining for hospitalization. Paths for access to the COVID area, which will be separated from the rest of the structure, and occupy a dedicated floor with separate access, are being defined. The entire structure remains operational with its specialties: medicine, cardiology, surgery, orthopedics and obviously the maternal and child ward with gynecology-obstetrics and gynecological emergency room. These departments never stopped working”.
Despite the difficulties, also solidarity initiatives continue, as Cordelia Vitiello explained. Among others we recall, the “Health Camper”, which continues to go around “to bring some relief to the marginalized, the homeless, the poorest, according to the will of the founder, the Methodist Dr. Teofilo Santi who built Villa Betania with the support of the Neapolitan Protestant Churches to meet wanderers struck by the wounds of life”. The project ‘Let’s take care of her’, aimed at foreign women without a residence permit and to Italian women belonging to disadvantaged groups; the “Pink Roses” project, a friendly space to promote and spread the culture of prevention through health and sexual education.
Today the Protestant Betania Foundation supports 10 solidarity projects.