The Primary Care Management of Tenerife, attached to the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, will maintain reinforcement health teams today in the health centers of Los Realejos, La Orotava, Tacoronte and the Basic Health Zone of Santa Úrsula, La Matanza and La Victoria de Acentejo, to meet the demand for assistance in the face of the forest fire in Tenerife. The reinforcement of the provision of necessary material and medication will also be maintained in the health centers of all the affected municipalities in the north and south of the island.
The air quality is very unfavorable in 19 municipalities of Tenerife
In this way, during today a double team of Medicine and Nursing will be maintained in the Normal Emergency Service (SNU) of the Los Realejos health center and the health center of La Orotava will be reinforced with a team of Medicine and Nursing, as well as the Continuing Care points of Tacoronte and the Basic Health Zone of Santa Úrsula, La Matanza and La Victoria de Acentejo, the latter at night.
Support teams will also continue to work to assess the evicted people who have been displaced to the sports halls and residences for the elderly. To do this, the Acentejo region will have the staff of the Home Assessment (VAD) reinforcement team, made up of two nurses in a vehicle and doctors in the coordination room, and a social worker in the Los Realejos area. .
Likewise, the central warehouse of material for the provision of medication and the provision of oxygen is kept active in case its use is necessary in the health centers of the affected municipalities.
Closure of peripheral offices
As a consequence of the evacuation of the areas, the peripheral clinics of Ravelo, Chamiana, La Corujera and Palo Blanco have been closed, with the health teams being displaced to other reference centers to attend to the scheduled activity with their patients.
In the case of the peripheral clinic in Ravelo, the two family care units (UAF) have been transferred to the centers of San Juan de los Perales, in Tacoronte, and to the health center of El Sauzal, respectively. The teams will contact their patients by phone to tell them the center to go to for the scheduled activity.
The health personnel from the Chamiana peripheral clinic, in La Matanza, and La Corujera, in Santa Úrsula, have been transferred to the reference health centers in both towns, where they will attend the activity that had been scheduled.
The health teams from the Palo Blanco peripheral office, in Los Realejos, have joined the local health center and have joined the initial clinical assessments in the pavilions and centers set up for people evicted from that area.
mild respiratory incidents
Over the weekend, the Primary Care services have treated a higher number of ophthalmological and respiratory conditions than usual at this time of year in the areas of La Orotava and Güímar, but all of a mild nature, without notable serious health incidents.
How to act in case of smoke and ash episodes
The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, through the General Directorate of Public Health of the SCS, reminds the population of the main recommendations to take into account in the event of forest fire episodes such as the one that is currently active on the island of Tenerife .
In this sense, specialists insist that the smoke from forest fires is made up of a mixture of gases and small particles that are emitted by the combustion of vegetation, construction materials and other types of materials, and can produce respiratory effects in healthy and vulnerable people.
Faced with this situation, a series of recommendations is transmitted to the population residing in the areas close to the forest fire in the presence of significant smoke and ash.
Vulnerable people and symptoms
Thus, these recommendations are aimed at sensitive populations and risk groups in these situations, such as people with previous respiratory or heart diseases, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema; boys and girls, pregnant women and the elderly population; and to those people who perform intense physical activity.
The main symptoms that these people can present are coughing, eye, nose or throat irritation; difficulty breathing deeply; chest discomfort; palpitations, fatigue, and aggravation of symptoms in people with previous respiratory or cardiac diseases.
The General Directorate of Public Health conveys the following recommendations to the population of the affected areas:
◦ Avoid staying outside and performing intense or prolonged physical activities.
◦ Close doors, windows, if you have air conditioning put it in recirculation mode and with clean filters.
◦ Outside, the use of an FFP2 mask is recommended to avoid respiratory problems and to protect the eyes as much as possible, washing them if necessary.
Likewise, it is recommended to pay special attention to the instructions they receive from the civil protection authorities. For any emergency you must call the emergency telephone number of the Government of the Canary Islands 1-1-2 and for inquiries you must call 012 (922 470 012).