The amphibious assault ship Galicia of the Navy has set sail early this morning from the port of Melilla in the direction of Ceuta to give health support to this autonomous city in the COVID-19 health crisis, military sources have informed Efe.
As Efe has been able to witness, the ship has set sail at 8:00 am, after staying in Melilla for six days, in which it has carried out disinfection work in different public facilities, such as the port, the Local Police and the penitentiary center.
The Galicia ship arrived in Melilla on April 2 to provide sanitary support to the city, although none of its capabilities in this area has had to be used during its stay in the autonomous city, as confirmed yesterday by the Minister of Public Health. , Mohamed Mohamed Mohand.
Melilla currently has 93 positive cases of coronavirus, of which 11 are hospitalized, none of them in the ICU, and there have been two deaths and 16 patients who have managed to recover.
The President of the Autonomous City, Eduardo de Castro, thanked the ship Galicia after leaving the port of Melilla and stated on his Twitter account that “these days of stay in our city we have felt your predisposition, professionalism and support in the fight against COVID-19 “.
The Government of Ceuta announced on April 1 that it was going to request the Ministry of Defense to send a medicalized ship from the Navy to increase the city’s hospital capacity due to the increase in the number of cases of coronavirus during those days, in the that multiplied by ten.
The Galicia ship, 160 meters long and with two floors, has a staff of 185 servicemen, is capable of accommodating up to 615 people and is one of five Navy ships willing to collaborate in the Balmis operation.
It has eight ICU beds, two ambulances, a medical helicopter, two operating rooms, a triage room, a laboratory, X-rays and a dental office.