The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, announced this Thursday (7 July) that this summer there will be a notable increase in the number of health personnel in the region.
The head of the regional government, speaking in the Andalusian Parliament revealed that there will be 25,738 extra health workers taken on, which represents an increase of 86 per cent over the number of contracts issued in 2020.
"For the first time, we have allocated 7 per cent of GDP (gross domestic product) to health and the budget has increased by 18 per cent, some 1.8 billion euros more since 2018. We have also strengthened the number of professional staff, reaching the historic figure of 120,000," he said.
The regional president spoke of the projects that are under way and said, "When they are finished they will draw a health map in Andalucía that is very different, and much better, than the one we had in 2018." Among them, he cited the Costa del Sol Hospital and the Estepona Hospital.
Regarding the coronavirus crisis, Moreno said he wanted to send a positive message "in the final stretch of the pandemic." He admitted that there is an upturn in Covid infections, but also underlined that two of the main indicators of the pandemic, the numbers of patients in hospital and intensive care units, are on a downward trend. He pointed out that many of the new infections are younger age groups and, in addition, because there are more people vaccinated, these new positives are not translating, for now, into more patients admitted to hospital.
"It is true that the incidence rate of infections has rebounded, but what should concern us most is the number of people who become ill and have to go to hospital or into intensive care," Moreno said.
"Fortunately, today, these indicators are much lower than during the worst moments of the pandemic and in a downward trend," he explained. He said that at the peak of the third wave of the pandemic there were 735 Covid patients in an intensive care unit on 6 February, compared to 177 today - some 84 per cent less.
Along similar lines, the peak of patients with the coronavirus in Andalusian hospitals was on 1 February when 4,980 were admitted and today there are 522, some 89 per cent fewer.
Moreno praised the effort that is being made in the region's vaccination campaign. “It is obvious that vaccination is being our best ally to overcome the pandemic and recovery is getting closer every day. By the end of this week we will have more than 57 per cent of the population that can be vaccinated, those over 16 years old, fully vaccinated and 70 per cent with at least one dose," he said.