HEALTH CARE ACCESS:
The community of Puerto Lara currently has a health post (puesto de salud) attended by a nurse. When there is only a nurse available and a community member needs to see a doctor or dentist, they must travel the to Santa Fe, the nearest town with a full health center where doctors and occasionally dentists are on staff. The trip by bus can take 20 minutes, but visitors to the health center can expect long wait times given the limited staff and resources to meet the demand from all neighboring communities. Medical Brigades began in 2016 in the community, but before then, many community members could visit Quebrada Honda when brigades hosted mobile clinics there.
The top illnesses as reported by community members in Puerto Lara are: Pneumonia, Common Cold, and Skin infections.