Tenerife’s primary care administration has increased supplies and medicines in health centers to deal with possible respiratory illnesses in the affected cities
Tenerife’s primary care administration, which is part of the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, has stepped up the provision of the necessary materials and medicines to treat possible respiratory illnesses in sensitive populations in the health centers of the fire-affected city, the establishment announced last Wednesday in Tenerife. forest.
Likewise, a doctor and a nurse are staffed by the emergency center in the municipality of La Victoria de Acentejo, which also serves the core areas of Santa Úrsula and La Matanza de Acentejo in the north of the island, and will strengthen weekend services for Lao. Services are provided by the Normal Emergency Unit (SNU) in Rotava.
Consideration is also given to expanding the supply of needed emergency points according to the needs of the affected population. Likewise, the templates for the central material warehouse and oxygen supply were reviewed and activated for use if necessary.
Since the start of the fire, Tenerife’s primary care administration has been in constant contact with the director of the health center and the mayors of the affected cities, notably in Guimar, Arafo, Candelaria, Tacoronte, Rao Rotava, La Victoria de Ascentejo and Santa Úrsula, take the necessary decisions and measures to guarantee the health coverage of the people.
In addition, the official College of Pharmacists of Santa Cruz de Tenerife said it will cooperate with the health services and, if necessary, provide medicines in health centers of the affected cities and even facilitate the transportation of supplies by its own means.
How to act when smoke and ash occur
The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, through the Directorate General of Public Health of the South China Sea, reminds the population of the main recommendations to be considered in the event of forest fires such as those currently occurring in Tenerife.
In this sense, experts insist that smoke from forest fires, which consists of a mixture of gases and small particles emitted when vegetation, building materials and other types of materials are burned, can have respiratory effects on healthy and vulnerable populations.
Faced with this situation, we have a series of recommendations for residents living near forest fires in areas where there is a lot of smoke and ash.
Susceptible groups and symptoms
These recommendations are therefore aimed at sensitive and high-risk groups for these conditions, such as those with respiratory or heart conditions such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema; boys and girls, pregnant women, and the elderly population; and those undergoing People with strenuous physical activity.
The main symptoms these people may experience are coughing, irritation of the eyes, nose or throat; difficulty breathing deeply; chest discomfort; palpitations, fatigue and worsening of symptoms in those with pre-existing respiratory or heart disease.
The Directorate-General of Public Health makes the following recommendations to the population of the affected areas:
◦ Avoid being outside and engaging in vigorous or prolonged physical activity.
◦ Close doors and windows, and if you have an air conditioner, put it on recirculation mode and clean the filter.
◦ Outside, it is recommended to use FFP2 masks to avoid respiratory problems, and to protect eyes as much as possible, washing eyes if necessary.
Likewise, it is advisable to pay special attention to the instructions they receive from the Civil Defense. In case of emergency you must call the Canary Islands Government’s emergency number 1-1-2 and in case of doubt you must dial 012 (922 470 012).