After several delays, regional government spokesman Elías Bendodo confirmed on Tuesday that the long-awaited new health centre in San Pedro will be completed by the summer.
The works, which resumed in September after a 10-month stoppage due to a budget shortfall of 300,000 euros, are currently at 70 per cent completion, according to Bendodo.
The town's mayor, Ángeles Muñoz, who accompanied Bendodo on a tour of the site, acknowledged that there had been a "long-standing call" for this new health centre, whose works were halted for several months "due to the necessary modification of the initial project to incorporate important structural reforms to cover some needs that were not foreseen," she explained. These additions raised the cost of the project to nearly five million euros.
Once these works have been completed, the building will be fitted out so that it can be put into operation as soon as possible, although no definitive date for its opening has been announced.
When it is eventually opened, the existing centre will remain open and, according to the mayor, "will be converted into an auxiliary area with different services such as emergencies, x-rays and other specialisations".