The "red vests" travel to Mozambique "excited and eager to be useful"

The "red vests" travel to Mozambique "excited and eager to be useful"

With "very excited, crying from home and wanting to be useful", today travel to Mozambique the 71 "red vests" that will work in the hospital that Spanish cooperation deploys for the first time in an emergency to care for those affected by the cyclone Idai

The Spanish team "Start" is scheduled to leave at the last hour of this Friday from the Air Base of Torrejón de Ardoz towards Beira, a town that has already traveled another plane with the load to set up this hospital equipped with six emergency rooms, another of births, laboratories, X-ray room, pediatric area, preoperative, operating room, sterilization box and pharmacy, among others.

The team consists of more than 40 health professionals of the national health system of different autonomous communities and the rest of the logistics personnel.

One of its members is the pediatrician Concha Bonet, who has participated in various international missions, although this is the second one that she carries out with the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (Aecid), after participating in Hurricane Mitch.

Before getting on the plane, Bonet said that for this work "you prepare yourself by letting go of your ego, trying to focus on the best for others and thinking that the missions are crying" and you have predicted that they will mainly assist children, since in droughts or floods "the malnutrition of minors is triggered, in addition to infectious diseases such as pneumonia or increased diarrhea, now also due to cholera problems".

The "red vests" have been training for several months, as revealed by Ramiro, a surgeon at Severo Ochoa Hospital in Leganés (Madrid), who is traveling on his first mission and who has acknowledged that not knowing what he is going to find is what that causes him greater anxiety.

"You can not prepare anything previously, you have to go on the road," he said, and foresees that there will not be much surgical work, will do "whatever it takes" and hopes to bring back "personal satisfaction and the feeling of a job well done."

An opinion shared by the anesthesiologist of the Reina Sofía hospital in Córdoba, who has already worked in other emergencies and who assures that these missions are a lesson that "all professionals should do at some point".

After the training received, the logisticians are able to deploy a hospital in 72 hours anywhere in the world and put it into operation to serve 200 people a day and keep up to 20 patients hospitalized.

It is the intention of Antonio Jiménez, a firefighter from the Community of Madrid, who is going to work in the hospital as "plumber, electrician, water manager or in charge of sanitation", because, he recalled, the firefighters "are prepared to anything".

The "Start" components come from the communities of Andalucía, Aragón, Baleares, Canarias, Castilla La Mancha, Castilla y León, Cataluña, Ceuta, Extremadura, Galicia, La Rioja, Madrid, Murcia, the Basque Country and Valencia.

All of them will be fed during the 15 days of the first rotation of this team by the chefs of the Zaporeak Basque Association, tanned in the refugee camps of Greece.

"Our mission is to enjoy a good meal in the hard of this moment," said Peio Garcia one of the three members of the association, responsible for feeding toilets, logists, the sick and their families, which amounts to almost 150 people a day.

They travel with food for 14 days and with "a lot of hype" for the applause they received from health workers and logists when they got on the bus that took them to the air base and that made them realize the "big commitment" they have. over.


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