The Teatro Villa de Huércal Overa was the setting for the awards ceremony organised by the Hospital La Inmaculada to recognise the work of professionals, the Provincial Council of Almería and the town councils of Albox, Olula del Río, Vera, Vélez Rubio and Huércal Overa of the Northern Health Management Area who have collaborated with the transfer of facilities during the Vaccination Plan of the Regional Ministry of Health and Families. The ceremony was attended by the delegate of the Junta in Almería, Maribel Sánchez Torregrosa, the territorial delegate of Health and Families, Juan de la Cruz Belmonte, the manager of the Hospital and AGSNA, José Miguel Medina, as well as the president of the Provincial Council, Javier Aureliano García, and the mayors of the recognised municipalities Francisco Torrecillas, Antonio Martínez Pascual, Miguel Martínez-Carlón, Domingo Fernández and the councillors of Vera Catiana Soriano and Alfonso Pérez.
Sánchez Torregrosa highlighted in his speech “the work of the Andalusian Government to promote the Hospital La Inmaculada with new equipment and infrastructure as well as the incorporation of new professionals”. In this regard, he listed “the commissioning of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging equipment, two new CAT scans and new ultrasound scanners, as well as the improvement works already completed such as the new operating theatres and the extension of the Emergency Department”. She also assured that “between November and December of this year the AGSNA will invest more than 620,000 euros in new equipment”.
The delegate of the Andalusian Government pointed out that “we know that we still have work to do in a Northern Area which, when we arrived, for example, had a deficit of 20 primary care doctors and that today there is only one left to cover, and that thanks in part to the decree law of difficult coverage of the Ministry of Health and Families of this Andalusian Government, we are helping to solve this problem”. Sánchez Torregrosa thanked the AGSNA professionals for their great work, for being our heroes and for taking care of us during these months of pandemic.
Similarly, the AGSNA manager highlighted “the great work carried out by the entire team of workers at this hospital during a period marked by Covid-19”. José Miguel Medina also wanted to “express his gratitude for the support that the Hospital and the entire Northern Health Management Area has received from the administrations, a help that has made us feel supported in the worst of times”.
For his part, the President of the Provincial Council, Javier A. García, thanked the Civil Protection volunteers for their work during the pandemic: “They have been there in the most difficult moments, committing themselves to all the people of Almeria to help those who most needed it and participating in the vaccination campaigns in Huércal-Overa, Olula and Vélez-Rubio”.
In addition, the provincial president highlighted the Diputación’s commitment to health care in Almeria: “This year we have included a historical demand such as the northern access to the Hospital de La Inmaculada, which will benefit users in Levante, Almanzora and Los Vélez. We will continue to work with the local councils to equalise opportunities for the people of Almeria and to continue to make Almeria a prosperous land with a bright future”.
Recognition of retired professionals
The mayors who received the award on behalf of the town councils of Huércal Overa, Albox, Olula del Río, Vera and Vélez Rubio wanted to thank the Hospital La Inmaculada for their dedication and professionalism”, as Domingo Fernández, the mayor of Huércal Overa, stated.
The event also recognised the 62 professionals from the Northern Health Management Area who have retired over the last two years 2020-2021. The awards organised by the College of Nursing of Almeria for the work carried out by the professionals of this region were also presented.