While Ticuantepe serves as a suburb for Managua, its population remains small at twenty-four thousand total inhabitants and is plagued by many of the same problems as rural communities. In fact, over sixty percent of the population in Ticuantepe live in rural and semi-rural communities. A third of children do not attend elementary school and by high school only a half of young people are studying with even less graduating. As a result, nearly a quarter of the population remains illiterate.
The municipality has one hospital with fifteen beds, four doctors, eleven nurses, and irregular ambulance service. Nevertheless, the hospital runs on a socialist model that provides free care to all, including foreigners.
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