The Mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the Minister of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, Teresa Cruz Oval have agreed to transfer the mental health service in primary care, with the aim of decongesting the Adeje Health Centre which serves a population of 200,000 inhabitants.
The meeting and subse-quent visit was also attended by the health councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, as well as the board of the health centre and technical staff of both institutions.
“The Adeje Health Centre is currently oversized in terms of patient care since, in addition to the 50,000 registered residents, it must provide service to all foreigners with a Foreign Health Card. The facilities have remained small, as we have been transmitting since 2016 to the previous directors and managers. The presence today in Adeje of the Minister of Health demonstrates her clear commitment to work to alleviate the collapse of health centres and has already made several important decisions for this. We have also talked about the advances that the hospital of the South needs and new spaces to attend the men and women of Adeje in decent conditions,” explained the Mayor.
Adeje council has been working since 2007 to locate and establish the new local office in the area of Costa Adeje and a physiotherapy unit to address the needs of the population but so far the Government of the Canary Islands had not responded to this project despite being contemplated on the health map. Currently, Adeje has only one health centres in Adeje and a dispensary in Armeñi-me.
Regarding the ratios of professionals and patients, the family doctor has between 1,900 and 2,200 more patients above the average of the Canary Islands; in the case of pe-diatrics, there are 500 more boys or girls above the Canarian average, and DUE care be-tween 2,800 and 3,000 more than average patients.
The shortcomings of the Primary Care Centre in Adeje refer to both facilities and human resources. In this sense, in the last letter addressed to the previous director, dated a year ago, the need for urgent solutions was reiterated.
The Adeje Health Center had to move more than a year ago, the space where they carried out the Sintrom analytics and tests, to the Boardroom in order to enable more consultations for Primary Care. In the same way, the room used by midwives for the care of pregnant women had to be assigned to the Regional Mental Health Unit. The list of demands also included a lack of basic furniture in the waiting rooms, air conditioning in a municipality with high tempera-tures, ventilation in some offices, among others, all of them without attending until now.
The council says that following the meeting, it is optimistic about finding solutions.