Extraordinary press conference in connection with cyberattack at the Hospital

ORANJESTAD - On November 28, 2019, at 23:00hrs the government of Aruba held an extraordinary news conference where the acting Prime Minister Otmar Oduber informed the public about the crisis caused by the cyberattack at the hospital. 

Since the cyberattack, which gravely affected the IT system of Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital, the medical staff returned to the manual system. It caused delays in care; however, no patients were endangered because of the cyber-attack.  

To prevent further escalation of the crisis, starting on November 28, the crisis plan by the Crisis Management Office act will put into force, according to the Calamity Act (Calamiteitenverordening). The crisis plan, as laid down in the calamity act, will be executed through a National decree. This will make it possible for the necessary support and authorization for the government agencies to do all that is necessary to prevent the situation to worsen. Funds will also be made available to manage the crisis and for the hospital to put into service a crisis manager with the help of the Netherlands. The crisis manager will be in charge of the operational and medical aspects of the current situation. Additionally, the emergency plan of the hospital is also activated.

Minister Oduber has not revealed details about the ransomware that infected the system since it is still being investigated.  

Minister Oduber urges the public to visit the Hospital ER only in emergency cases. Patients who require non-urgent medical attention can go to their family physicians or to IMSAN instead.

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