The Minister of Health, Blas Trujillo, said yesterday that when talking about the average income in intensive care units due to Covid-19, health officials say that the protocols of the autonomous communities are not homogeneous.
When asked by the deputy of the Popular group Miguel Ángel Ponce, about the average income in the Canary Islands in intensive care due to covid, the counselor acknowledged that, paradoxically, the Canary Islands have the highest rates in Spain.
But, he pointed out, it is necessary to take into account issues such as that the protocols are not homogeneous, as well as that in other autonomous communities the age of those who enter these units is limited, and that in some restrictive administrative measures have been taken when transferring people of nursing homes.
In addition, the counselor stated, many admissions that appear as Covid-19 patients in the ICU have been admitted for other pathologies and then are discontinued from these, and also pointed out that in the Canary Islands there are very high rates of people with diabetes, hypertension and obesity, which they are factors that worsen respiratory clinical pictures.
The counselor also referred to the fact that in the Canary Islands ICUs are used to practice non-invasive ventilation techniques, and in other places this type of situation is done in pulmonology units.
The deputy of the Popular group Miguel Ángel Ponce appreciated the reflections made by the counselor and demanded that the committee of experts talk about these issues, to also comment that compared to last year in Santa Cruz de Tenerife there is an excess of mortality of 5.2 % and in Las Palmas 17%.
The Ministry of Health reported yesterday that during the first month of the flu vaccination campaign, a total of 223,575 people had been vaccinated in health centers on the islands, 42.47% more than in the same period of the previous season, in which the number of doses administered amounted to 156,930.
This high turnout is evident in the results of weeks three and five of the campaign, in which 60,792 new people were vaccinated.