SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Sep 19 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Canary Islands Health Service, attached to the Health Department of the Government of the Canary Islands, has provided the resources and health equipment provided to respond to the actions contemplated in the La Palma evacuation plan (PLEVAPAL), in the event of a possible volcanic eruption on the Island.
From the SCS, through the Directorate of the Health Area and the Health Services Management of La Palma, the resources and equipment included in the action plan have been established, with the aim of ensuring an assessment and basic initial health care to citizens affected by the evacuation process.
For this, the management structure has three levels for the chain of command: strategic, tactical and operational, from which the different actions planned in the health response will be coordinated and developed. These three levels involve the La Palma Health Area management and the Health Services Management, the Primary and Specialized Care Medical and Nursing directorates, as well as their operational commands in the eastern and western regions.
This action will always be carried out in close coordination with the Management of the Evacuation Plan of La Palma, which is developed following the reference framework established by the Special Plan for Civil Protection and Attention to Emergencies due to volcanic risk in the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands (PEVOLCA ).
Through the planned measures, it is expected to establish basic treatments for small health conditions in any of the evacuation stages, prioritize the referral of those evacuees who require higher-level health care, with referral to health centers of referral or General Hospital of La Palma, ensure testing for Sars-Cov-2 infection to all displaced persons and establish initial isolation measures for suspected or confirmed cases.
SANITARY EQUIPMENT AND MEANS
Regarding personal and material resources, there will be health assessment and action teams (EVA), rapid response health teams (ESRR) and COVID teams.
The former are made up of medical, nursing and technical professionals destined to provide service during the evacuation phase at the meeting points and later in the shelters. The health teams, made up of medical and nursing staff, are in charge of providing services in the shelters, once the evacuation phase is completed. In those cases in which the transfer and accommodation take in dependents, the teams will be reinforced with technicians and orderlies to reinforce the care of these patients.
The Rapid Response health teams (ESRR) are made up of four medical professionals and six Nursing professionals, destined to provide services in the Advanced Health Post deployed in the designated relief area close to the impact zone. He will be in charge of triage, medical evaluation, stabilization and transport to the centers of possible affected people.
The COVID teams, made up of Nursing personnel and health emergency technicians, will be in charge of providing service in the shelter designated for the isolation of displaced people with a positive diagnosis for Sars-cov-2.
Likewise, within the operation, the Canary Islands Emergency Service has mobilized ten non-urgent medical transport ambulances (NSTU), both collective and individual with stretchers, for the evacuation of people with reduced mobility.