Defense has helped put into operation 16 field hospitals

In a press conference from La Moncloa, the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, assured on Monday that a recognition had been agreed for the support in setting up the Campaña hospital for 300 people at the Pac Paulí Hospital in Sabadell, and started contacts for setting up another field hospital at the Fira de Barcelona.

The military of the Regiment of Engineers number 11 (REI 11) of Salamanca have also completed the expansion of the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid, to improve their health care capacity, due to the effects of the coronavirus. This same regiment carried out on Sunday March 29 the expansion of the health care capacity of the General Hospital of Segovia.

Throughout this device, the main contributions of the Armed Forces are the advice of engineers for the installation of hospital centers and technical health support for the distribution of functions and medical care. Likewise, transportation support is also carried out for the transfer of beds and all the necessary material.

The preparation and experience in the area of ​​operations of the Spanish military in the assembly of field hospitals is allowing specialized personnel in electricity, plumbing, air conditioning systems, masonry and welding, to work reinforcing the maintenance tasks of hospital complexes, or installing other provisionals to expand sanitary measures, while the crisis caused by Covid19 lasts. This fact was demonstrated in the collaboration between the Armed Forces and the Community of Madrid in the installation of the IFEMA provisional hospital.

To date, multiple supports have been provided (setting up tents, sanitary material, miscellaneous furniture, refrigerated containers, generators, etc.) in the following hospitals in Madrid: La Paz, Doce de Octubre, Hospital Gómez Ulla, Alcalá de Henares, Alcorcón, Ramón y Cajal, field hospital of the Carlos Sastre Pavilion in Leganés and Getafe.

Other centers where the Armed Forces have intervened have been the Albacete Hospital, the Tres Mares in Cantabria, the Red Cross of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the Military Hospital of Zaragoza. It has also collaborated in the installation of different patient triage areas in León, in the HUCA in Oviedo and in the General Hospital of La Palma.

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