Monday, January 25

The critical situation in the hospitals of Elche and Alcoy exceeds the health

ICU of the General University Hospital of Elche.  |  ANTONIO AmorousS

ICU of the General University Hospital of Elche. | ANTONIO AmorousS

High hospital pressure continues to grow in cities like Elche and Alcoy due to the increase in covid-19 cases that is forcing health departments to take more measures. In the department of Alcoy demand that restrictions be intensified to stop contagions while the BaixMinamotoó health department is studying expanding the number of beds.

The General University Hospital of Elche has 65 people on the floor, nine more than less than a week ago, which means that at the moment a wing of the fourth and fifth floors of the hospital has been allocated for these patients and the third floor is also fully occupied.

The pressure in the ICU has also risen from 9 to 11 people in less than a week, as confirmed by hospital sources.

This flood of cases has led to a meeting scheduled today between management anareea heads to address whether any dependency to displace covid patients is closed after the increase in cases, as confirmed by internal hospital sources, the same ones who admit that there are toilets that feel overwhelmed. Given the advance of infections, the General Hospital already determined last Thursday to suspend practically all scheduled activity, both medical and surgical, including the activity of external consultations, in this center until, at least, next January 18, with the probability of extend the date if the situation remains critical. Yes, that “non-delayed” activity will be attended to.

The climate of concern among the population came a few days ago when it was reported that two people had been infected with the new British strain, although at the time hospital sources already explained that they were recovering favorably.

In the Alcoy Health Department the situation is beginning to be desperate among professionals, given the increase in infections and the pressure on care and work. As this newspaper published yesterday, an internal document leaked to public opinion through social networks warns of the saturation of the Virgen dLosos Lirios Hospital, in which there are more than 50 patients with coronavirus and all activity has been suspended non-urgent surgical.

Given this scenario, and as there are also many sick or quarantined health workers, Primary Care personnel have been used. The problem, as explained by the delegate of the Medical Union-CESM in Alcoy, Alberto Acosta, is that “Primary Care is at the samLosevel or worse” than Specialized. “The staff is physically and mentally exhausted, asphyxiated,” he says, and “not even on days off is it possible to rest” because the phone keeps ringing with messages asking for volunteers to work.

However, Acosta emphasizes, “it has been seen that working more does not work”, in the sense that this effort is useless if there are no tougher actions on the part of the administration.

The union delegate emphasizes that “the current measures are not sufficient” since the night curfew does not prevent, for example, that the terraces and shopping streets can be full in the afternoons, with the consequent risk of crowds. For this reason, it is committed to increasing restrictions on mobility or leisure, as well as increasing control so that the rules are met, and above all, greater awareness.

Acosta criticizes that “at the beginning of December there were already indicators that things were not going well” when “the residences fell.” There are already three nursing homes in Alcoy where outbreaks have been registered. ThLosast one, the San José Home Asylum, next to the Virgen dLosos Lirios Hospital, as advanced yesterday by the mayor of the city, Toni Francés, who did not give data on those infected in these facilities.

At the Mariola Residence, 14 of the 38 users who have become ill have died. This outbreak and that of the nursing home Emilio Sala totaled 107 infections in mid-December, among residents and staff.

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