Local Daily News 11th June

The new treatment plant in Elche will have a green roof and its construction will generate 900 jobs

The new treatment plant in Elche, which will replace the current one in Algorós after a comprehensive reform, will be integrated into the landscape with a completely vegetal cover and solar panels. The image of how the claimed work will be, valued at 50 million euros, was presented this Friday at the Congress Centre by the Minister of Ecological Transition, Mireia Mollà, as “the most important infrastructure that the city will have in this decade.”

The regional administration has estimated 900 jobs that will be generated with the construction of these facilities, scheduled in four phases, so that the treatment of wastewater does not stop at any time.

For the first brick to be laid, it will be necessary to wait more than a year, since the Ministry has just awarded the drafting of the project, with an execution period of 12 months, and from then on the works will have to be tendered and awarded. However, the Valencian government has boasted of having managed to activate the procedures in record time (less than a year) to reach the current point.

What is currently known about the new facility is that in addition to serving to regenerate water, it will allow the Vinalopó hillside to be restored with the planting of native species that will receive the contribution of the treatment plant. And it is that most of the buildings, which are going to compose it, will be built on the southern edge of the 40,000 square metre land that the current facility occupies, in such a way that a good part of the surface will be freed up to gain green areas. Another key element will be the 13,169 square metre solar park, with a clean energy production of 2.5 gigawatts per hour.

To definitively eliminate bad odours, the main problem of this obsolete 40-year-old station, the new infrastructure will have state-of-the-art technology and hermetic systems, according to the manager of the Public Entity for Wastewater Sanitation (EPSAR), Juan Ángel Conca, to the social agents.

With this, both the minister and the mayor, Carlos González, congratulated themselves for having managed to promote “with intense work” some facilities that, in the opinion of both, will solve three problems: social, environmental and urban.

The first mayor of Elche assured that the decision to build a new infrastructure in the same location as the current one is “the best possible decision.” He acknowledged that this type of infrastructure “has little glamour”, but warned that “no one is going to know that this is a sewage treatment plant, nor smell it”. For her part, the regional official praised the project as “a benchmark for other cities” and admitted the “historical debt” that there was with the city to invest in an infrastructure that “should have been done before.” Also slipped into the speech of González and Mollà, the comparison with the investments that the Diputación intends to make in Elche, specifically, with the Palacio de Congresos. Both thanked her, but pointed out that the economic injection that the Consell is going to make will be greater with this work, as will its social impact.

Among the solutions included in the design of the new treatment plant is the reduction to the maximum of the implantation footprint on the ground, reducing atmospheric pollutants by 45% and incorporating sludge drying, which combines mechanical dehydration with solar drying of 2,640 square metres. The Minister referred to the expansion of tertiary treatment (the most advanced disinfection) to “comply with European obligations and the water quality basin body and alleviate water stress in the south of Alicante, with a percentage of 100% of reuse for the farmers of the Camp d’Elx”. Likewise, according to the Generalitat, the comprehensive reform will be carried out while maintaining the current treatment capacity of the WWTP, of 13 cubic hectometres per year, which, although it far exceeds the flow of 8 cubic hectometres that is currently treated per year, guarantees the sanitation of the current and future population of the area.

Two civil guards save the life of a 3-year-old boy who was suffocating in Almoradí

A three-year-old boy who presented symptoms of suffocation and was in a semi-conscious state has been saved by two agents of the Almoradí Civil Guard who performed the Heimlich manoeuvre inside a pharmacy, where the prior action of the pharmacist was decisive for keep the little boy alive until the arrival of the agents. The parents and the minor have personally thanked the agents for the help provided.

The events occurred shortly after nine o’clock this Thursday night in Almoradí. A Civil Guard patrol was alerted that there was a child who was suffocating in a square after having choked.

The agents were only two blocks away from the place and when they reached the square some passers-by told them that the child was in a nearby pharmacy, so they went inside. There they found the pharmacist who had been performing the Heimlich manoeuvre on the child for four minutes. One of the agents, upon learning of this procedure and given the possible weariness of the pharmacist, decided to take over from him and after several minutes of manoeuvring, the child seemed to recover.

However, a few moments later he presented symptoms of fainting again. Finally, the actions of the agents and the pharmacist were key to keeping him stable until the medical services came to the scene.

The minor was transferred by medical services to the Vega Baja Regional Hospital in Orihuela, where he was later discharged. The parents and the minor have wanted to personally thank the agents this morning for the action carried out.

The blue zone in Orihuela will be reactivated on the 27th June

The Parking Management and Regulation Service (ORA) in Orihuela will be reactivated on June 27th, through the municipal company ILDO. Let us remember that the blue zone was temporarily suspended last January after the contract ended and the company that managed it until then had exhausted its extensions.

A new tender did not arrive on time and the service had to stop being provided, which at this time from various sectors, including commerce and hospitality, have claimed to facilitate parking and boost shopping and consumption in the city.

Last March, it was approved in plenary session that the management of the ORA be entrusted to ILDO, which on Thursday night approved unanimously in its Council to subrogate all workers. It was also agreed to set up a monitoring and viability commission for the service set for one year, extendable for another year.

This was announced by the mayor Carolina Gracia, accompanied by the deputy mayor José Aix and the vice-president of ACMO, Pablo Ferrer.

The commissioning is in the same conditions in which it was operating until January, although a series of modifications are going to be introduced to improve it and that will be raised to plenary session.

A drug network that sent drugs to Serbia falls in Alicante, Elche and Crevillent

A joint operation of the Civil Guard and the National Police has made it possible to dismantle in Alicante, Elche and Crevillent a criminal organisation dedicated to the cultivation of marijuana that was sent in rental vehicles to Serbia, from where it was later distributed to other European countries. Investigators have arrested eight people and have seized 3,348 marijuana plants and 30 kilograms of vacuum-packed buds, among other effects.

The two heads of the organisation, one of whom was released on bail after being arrested in the first phase of the operation, have been imprisoned and the other six, defended by the lawyer Aitor Esteban Gallastegui, were released but It has imposed a ban on them leaving the national territory, as well as periodic presentation in court. The dismantled gang had a tanker truck and three industrial generator sets to supply energy to the marijuana plantations and avoid being discovered due to the high light consumption of these crops, as is usual.

“Operation Dekrol” began in March last year when agents from the Crevillent Civil Guard and the Elche National Police detected the presence of several people of Serbian origin who had a high standard of living in both cities. The agents verified that they had no known work in Spain and some had a history of drug trafficking, so they began to investigate all the members. The collaboration of the Serbian and Polish police was requested and thus it was confirmed that many had records for crimes similar to those first investigated.

One of the leaders was arrested in April 2021 in Crevillent upon discovering an “indoor” marijuana crop and his arrest made it possible to find out data about the investigated organisation. This chief entered preventive detention but several weeks later he was able to be released after paying the bail imposed by the court.

Far from moving away from criminal activity, he increased it even more and rented industrial buildings from various estates in the province in order to install new cannabis sativa plantations.

The agents were in the investigation phase when the arrests were precipitated after an accidental fire broke out in one of the ships, located in the Maitino area of ​​Elche. Agents of the Civil Guard and the National Police carried out eight simultaneous searches on May 24, five in industrial buildings in Alicante, Elche and Crevillent and another three in homes in the Alicante capital.

The researchers intervened in the records 3,348 cannabis sativa plants in different stages of flowering, 30 kilos of vacuum-packed buds, three industrial generator sets valued at more than 40,000 euros each, elements for the installation of “indoor” crops, abundant documents falsified public goods such as passports, 1,055 euros in cash, three mid-range vehicles and a tanker with an approximate capacity of 6,000 litres. The total value of the intervened effects exceeds 600,000 euros, according to the Civil Guard and the Police.

The eight detainees are between 29 and 53 years old and all are of Serbian nationality except one who is originally from Poland. They have been investigated for the crimes of criminal organisations, drug trafficking, forgery of public documents and electricity fraud.

The Ministry of Health activates a shock plan for the Emergency Department of the Torrevieja Hospital after the barrage of complaints

The Torrevieja Hospital Emergency Service has strengthened its structure and has launched a shock plan to improve the care of this service. The management, the medical direction and the new care managers of the emergency service met yesterday at the centre with Mónica Almiñana, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Universal Health and Public Health and Enrique Soler, Deputy Director General of Integrated Care Activity, with the aim of designing the execution of this Shock Plan that will enter into force immediately.

The Emergency Service of the University Hospital of Torrevieja incorporated a new Head of Service and a Head of Section, in addition to reinforcing the service in all its professional categories, expanding the hours and staffing of specialists in all the Continuous Care Points from the Department. Added to these measures is now the creation of a new quick care consultation without waiting, the provision of new special boxes, in addition to the involvement of different medical specialties from the centre itself. On the other hand, the Ministry of Health and the centre’s management are working to support and strengthen medical specialists from other reference hospitals in the area, who can support healthcare activity at peak influxes of patients.

The Ministry of Health’s announcement comes after a week with a barrage of complaints on social networks – driven by a previous campaign by the Excellent Health Platform that was born to defend Ribera’s management of the health centre, the patient care service and the pressure of the mayors of the PP in the health area about the emergency situation, with groups of patients who want to mobilise to carry out protests in the street. Among other complaints, one was made public by an emergency doctor who works at the centre in which it was said that “patients die unhappily in the corridors” after more than eight hours of waiting. The mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolón denounced Wednesday that the situation is “unsustainable” and that he had warned about the lack of human resources, which focuses on the lack of doctors, to cover the shifts and the delays of five, ten and fifteen hours in the emergency room only with prior nursing assistance in triage.

The Emergency Service has incorporated professionals in all categories: 38 more nurses, going from 21 to 58 professionals, 8 more Auxiliary Nursing Care Technicians, going from 15 to 23 professionals, 4 additional guards, going from 17 to 21 professionals. In addition, during the Easter period, two extra reinforcement guards were incorporated. The Emergency Service has incorporated 2 additional administrative professionals, going from 6 to 8 professionals. However, it has not been able to incorporate specialist doctors. With the two new managers, the workforce is set at 26 professionals – the unions assure that the figure is significantly lower – when it should be 36.

The announcement of the shock plan coincides with the decision of one of the most veteran emergency medicine doctors and union representative of the services, Dr. José Peris, who today announced his departure from the health department to be part of the Vinalopó Hospital team, managed by Ribera Salud, after fifteen years of medical work in the Emergency Service and union representation in the department of Torrevieja.

Since the incorporation of the department into public management, the workforce has gone from 1,043 to 1,793 workers, which represents an increase of 58%. In this way, the department’s management guarantees 100% health care coverage for the population in key services such as emergencies, primary care and hospitalisation, as recalled by the health department, with the data that it has already announced from its summer reinforcement plan.

In addition, the second floor of the centre will remain open at full capacity, something that was not usual in previous years, and the presence of key non-care support services will be maintained.

The number of professionals has also increased in Primary Care. The care strategy for this summer is focused on promoting urgent care throughout the Department with the 24-hour opening of the 6 Continuous Care Points (PAC). The integration of Primary and Specialised Care allows the PACs to be connected with the hospital, so that users can solve their health problems closer to home, without waiting.

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