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Paraguay's Sole Public Psychiatric Hospital Offers Questionable Conditions
The only public psychiatric hospital in Paraguay feeds its patients with donated food and now it is running low on medicine, due to a lack of funding.

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In this May 29, 2013 photo, a patient sleeps in a bedroom at the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay. Paraguay's only public psychiatric hospital has no money for heating to protect patients from the biting chill during the winter months. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

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In this May 31, 2013 photo, a nurse prepares medicine for patients at the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay. Paraguay's only public psychiatric hospital is forced to feed hundreds of patients with donated food for lack of funding. Now, it's running low on medicine. It recently hit a crisis when the hospital couldn't even buy food and there were no psychiatric drugs for ambulatory patients, only inpatients, according to hospital director Teofilo Villalba. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

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In this May 29, 2013 photo, an inmate looks through a locked door made of bars at the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Asuncion Paraguay. Under funding plagues the hospital. It recently hit a crisis when the hospital couldn't even buy food and there were no psychiatric drugs for ambulatory patients, only inpatients, hospital director Teofilo Villalba. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

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In this May 29, 2013 photo, a patient sits on the floor at the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay. Doctors say most of the hospital's patients have been abandoned by their families. Many feel lucky to receive any kind of medical treatment, even if the system is broken. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

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In this May 29, 2013 photo, a patient spends time in the main courtyard of the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay. Paraguay's only public psychiatric hospital is forced to feed hundreds of patients with donated food for lack of funding. Now, it's running low on medicine. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

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In this May 29, 2013 photo, a patient eats mangos in the courtyard of the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay. Paraguay's only public psychiatric hospital is forced to feed hundreds of patients with donated food for lack of funding. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

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In this May 319, 2013 photo, a female patient at the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital wears a blanket in the courtyard before breakfast in Asuncion, Paraguay. Despite the center's questionable conditions, for many patients it remains the only option. Doctors say 75 percent of the hospital's patients have been abandoned by their families. Many feel lucky to receive any kind of medical treatment, even if the system is broken. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

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In this May 29, 2013 photo, a patient smokes in the courtyard of the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay. Under funding plagues the hospital. It recently hit a crisis when the hospital couldnât even buy food and there were no psychiatric drugs for ambulatory patients, only inpatients, according to hospital director Teofilo Villalba. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

Paraguay's Sole Public Psychiatric Hospital Offers Questionable Conditions

The only public psychiatric hospital in Paraguay feeds its patients with donated food and now it is running low on medicine, due to a lack of funding.

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