The field hospital built at the IFEMA convention center in Madrid in the midst of the new coronavirus pandemic closed its doors today after applauding the last of the almost 4,000 patients who passed through there and were discharged after overcoming the disease. .
In Spain the number of people recovered amounts to 114,678, while 24,824 people died from the total of 215,216 affected by the coronavirus.
The celebration of the closure of the largest makeshift hospital that Spain had during the pandemic began last night when the clock struck 20 and patients and medical staff hugged each other and danced together a version of the song “¡Resistiré!”, Adopted as the anthem of the fight against Covid-19.
Officially the center closed its doors this morning with an official act attended by authorities, after the last admitted patients crossed a corridor made up of nurses, doctors and other personnel who assisted them and said goodbye with more applause and cries of “Goodbye! “
“Closing the hospital means winning. It is a feeling of having won in this situation and a job well done,” said Mar Eguiluz, a volunteer from the Madrid emergency service, whose testimony is collected by IFEMA officials on social media.
During the 40 days that the field hospital operated, 3,800 people passed through.
The hospital was built in a dizzying way in just two days with the help of the Army and began operating on March 22, allowing the saturated health centers in the capital to decongest, even hosting several seriously ill patients.
On April 17, the Community of Madrid decided to close Hall 7 due to the drop in healthcare pressure.
Although it will no longer be active, IFEMA will maintain the space enabled with most ICU beds and facilities (Intensive Care Units), in case they are necessary in the event of a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.
The health personnel who worked in the field hospital also took advantage of the closing ceremony to demand “public health” in front of the Madrid mayor, José Luis Almeida, and the regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso.
Díaz Ayuso said he hopes “not to have to reopen” IFEMA and promised that the health system will be “reformed and modernized”, despite the fact that his Popular Party (PP) was responsible for the massive privatization of the sector.
For his part, Almeida maintained that IFEMA is a “symbol that Madrid society did not resign itself” and its “titanic strength and courage”, despite the fact that the virus has not yet expired.