The mayors of the region of l’Alacantí and other surrounding municipalities demand more and updated information from the Ministry of Health on the epidemiological situation in order to take measures at the municipal level with the aim of trying to stop the contagion of covid. This has been transferred today to the territorial director of Public Health of Alicante and the managers of the hospitals of Alicante and Sant Joan d’Alacant, in a telematic meeting to which the representatives of Alicante, San Vicente del Raspeig, Monforte were invited , Agost, Sant Joan d’Alacant, Mutxamel, Tibi, Xixona, El Campello, Busot, La Torre and Aigües.
The mayor of Alicante, Luis Barcala (PP), has insisted on his request for more information to be able to make decisions that go hand in hand with the evolution of the pandemic in the city. The latest official Health data sent to Alicante are from October 26. “We have transferred the need for more information, more complete and more immediate. We want to know where the outbreaks occur in order to intervene,” says Barcala after the meeting, in which he added that “probably the measures taken by the Generalitat are the necessary ones “But he has insisted that the municipalities are in the front line of the front:” We can take preventive measures if we are given the necessary information. We can do preventive work. The municipalities are here to collaborate, with the Local Police, but we need objective data ” .
The Alicante Public Health Directorate and the management of the Alicante-General Hospital and Alicante-Sant Joan d’Alacant Health Departments have held this morning a meeting by videoconference with the mayors of the municipalities of both health areas with the aim of report on the epidemiological situation of Covid-19 in their respective municipalities. The council has also insisted on municipalities to promote flu vaccination among their population in order to reduce the pressure on care.
On the table, according to mayors consulted, the data on the incidence of the coronavirus in Alicante have been put, which leaves the province at a level four of alert with a contagion rate that is around 200, when it is sought to lower at least to 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants every two weeks. The health workers have advanced to the mayors that the data “will get worse” in the next fourteen days. In addition, they have asked the municipalities “extreme vigilance”. In turn, they have indicated that the situation of the two hospitals “is not bad.”
For his part, the mayor of San Vicente del Raspeig, Jesús Villar (PSOE), has expressed his gratitude to both the Ministry of Health and the Public Health Directorate of l’Alacantí for the data provided and the measures taken to stop the contagion curve. “The objective is and will continue to be to anticipate the spread of the coronavirus, control illegal parties and continue to raise awareness among citizens of the importance and mandatory use of the mask,” said Villar, who stressed the importance of action coordinated between the different municipalities.
In line, the mayor of Sant Joan, the socialist Jaime Albero, has defended the importance of actions coordinated by the mayors of neighboring municipalities. For this reason, he has asked for more communication, for example, through the Mancomunidad de l’Alacantí. “Through the commonwealth, that we mayors are more coordinated. For example, that in Santa Faz, the part of Sant Joan has some measures and that of Alicante has others”, added Albero, who has been interested in residences for the elderly . The socialist councilor, after the meeting, has had an appointment with the Local Police of his municipality to “plan”.
From El Campello, Juan José Berenguer (PP) thanked Health for the meeting, because he considers that it is “necessary for the municipalities to be promptly informed to collaborate.” According to Berenguer, “municipalities need all kinds of information to deal with the situations that arise.” The mayor has been interested in the operations of the rest of the pathologies in the Sant Joan hospital, which are “maintained” despite the incidence of covid.
In Mutxamel, the mayor Sebastián Cañadas (PP) has stressed that “within the bad, our health department is not too bad, as Health has transferred us at the meeting and they have explained to us that the mayors have some margin to increase the measures that are implemented to stop the pandemic. ” In the same way, the municipality positively values the meeting, since “it is the first time that we have a regional meeting with Public Health. It is to be appreciated and we hope it will continue.” And he adds that “we have transferred the concern of the public to Health because they tell us that they are leaving aside in primary care everything that does not have to do with covid-19, treatments, operations … and we have asked that in the as much as possible try to avoid or soften this.”
From Busot, the mayor, Alejandro Morant (PP), has criticized that the information that reaches the municipalities is “late”. “You find out about infections earlier from neighbors than from official health data. Without official data, I don’t know if the parks or the gym should be closed or public events limited,” added Morant, who has influenced how much the more information the municipalities have, the more measures they can take.
For their part, from Health they explain that the director of Public Health in Alicante has begun the meeting by carrying out a general analysis of the situation of the pandemic, highlighting that in the Alicante-General Hospital and Alicante-Sant Joan d’Alacant Health Departments the Accumulated incidence in the last 14 days is around 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, “below the average for the Community, which stands at 411 cases.” However, both departments “are in a clear situation of risk, level 4, despite the fact that the values are also lower than many other regions of Spain “, as highlighted.
For this reason, he has remarked that extreme vigilance is required by the health system, “in collaboration, how could it be otherwise, with local entities, anticipating decision-making and adopting restrictive measures when necessary.” Likewise, Dr. Eduardo Alonso explained that the Ministry of Universal Health and Public Health has objective indicators, such as the accumulated incidence of Covid-19 cases, the increase in diagnoses, traceability and positivity with respect to the total of tests , which provide an overview of the different areas and their historical evolution. In this sense, it has been made available to municipalities to resolve their doubts and offer them advice, based on these epidemiological indicators.
For their part, the managers of both departments have wanted to highlight the important efforts that are being made to maintain “the maximum possible activity, so that Covid cases can be attended to and also the daily activity that concerns the rest of pathologies, for of course, adapting day by day to the epidemiological situation ”. Along these lines, they have referred to surgical activity, as well as the introduction of special care modules in the afternoon hours in Primary Care centers.