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Canaries ready for flu campaign and any rebound in COVID-19 

The health service in the Canary Islands is ready to face the next flu campaign and a rebound in coronavirus infections.The assurance was given by Minister of Health, Blas Trujillo during the plenary session of the Parliament of the Canary Islands. He said all hospitals and managements of Primary Care of the Canary Health Service (SCS) have their respective contingency plans to deal with the next seasonal wave of flu virus and any spread in COVID-19 cases.

The contingency plans, he added, included the measures and the human and material resources necessary to cope with an increase in healthcare activity in the coming months and can be adapted depending on epidemiological circumstances.He stressed that these plans allow public health services to “be prepared” and that a significant effort has been made to do this by hiring staff during the pandemic and acquiring protection materials.

Blas Trujillo stressed that the health crisis posed worldwide by COVID-19 is exceptional and very serious.He stressed that since the beginning of the “new normal”, specific teams for monitoring close contacts (so-called trackers) in Primary Care on each island have been strengthened, Liaison Nursing teams have been created to monitor and support the residences of the elderly and residential centres and the teams in the General Directorate of Public Health have been strengthened to verify the case studies and their contacts and to monitor the especially complex ones.

Currently, Primary Care hospitals and managements have in stock 17 million units of protection materials, out of a total of 14 different types (surgical gowns, protective glasses and screens, masks, rapid detection kit, swabs), to which 732 respirators are added. All this provides a stock for at least eight weeks with consumption averages matched to the worst moment of the pandemic.