SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Oct 15 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Health Area of La Palma, attached to the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, has been in charge of coordinating the distribution between the population affected and unaffected by the volcanic eruption on the Island of the protection material that various organizations, entities, companies and individuals have sent to La Palma.
To date, a total of 22,166 goggles and 280,080 FFP2 masks have been distributed among the municipalities directly affected by the eruption and the rest of the consistories, as well as to all health and non-health personnel in the La Palma Health Area.
Thus, all the protective glasses have already been delivered to the municipalities of El Paso, Tazacorte and Los Llanos de Aridane, consistories to which a total of 136,900 FFP2 masks have been sent.
134,000 FFP2 masks have also been distributed to the municipalities of Mazo, Fuencaliente, Breña Baja, Puntagorda, Tijarafe, Garafía, Breña Alta and Santa Cruz de La Palma. In addition, shipments will continue until all the necessary material is distributed to guarantee the safety of the public.
This distributed material comes from donations made by, among other public entities and bodies, the Ministry of Health, the Canary Islands Health Service, the Official College of Nursing of Madrid, the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, the Pharmaceutical Cooperative of Tenerife and private laboratories. , as well as companies and individuals.
The director of the La Palma Health Area, Kilian Sánchez, appreciates the solidarity of all the entities and people involved in these donations, since “it shows the feeling of closeness with the entire palm tree population that, to a greater or lesser extent, is being seen affected by this eruptive process “.
For the manager of the Sanitary Services of La Palma, Mercedes Coello, it is essential to safeguard the health of citizens, so it is essential to provide each neighbor with means to protect themselves from the negative effects that the ash and gases from the volcano may have in your health.
Faced with the eruptive process that is being experienced in La Palma, the General Directorate of Public Health of the Canary Health Service reminds the population of the need to take health protection measures against exposure to volcanic emanations and as long as this situation persists the stay of people in the open air should be limited to what is strictly essential.
People who must remain in an area exposed to ash during the eruptive process of the volcano, must adopt individual protection measures: FFP2 mask, protective glasses and the skin fully covered with a long-sleeved shirt, pants and a cap.
Children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with lung or heart disease are those at greatest risk and those who must exercise extreme compliance with the measures to protect their health.