THE Hospital Comarcal de la Axarquia is to receive a significant cash investment to improve services to treat COVID-19 patients.

The Junta has authorised an allocation of €2.3 million to increase and modernise the facilities at Axarquia’s largest hospital, located north east of Torre del Mar (Malaga).

The money is part of a plan to inject €117 million into the health services in Andalucia as part of the COVID-19 recovery programme.

Junta spokesman Elias Bendodo visited the hospital last weekend to view the progress that had already been made.

The plan will be to increase the treatment area, adding a state of the art operating room, along with a new extraction room and 22 new ICU beds. 

Traumatology, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation departments will also receive equipment and personnel upgrades. 

The Junta’s COVID-19 recovery programme will be bolstered by €47 million as part of the Andalucia en Marcha scheme which will also aim to target health facilities.

Construction began on the new extraction room back in August, with an expected timescale of eight weeks, meaning the project is nearing its final stages.

It also welcomed a new blood donation room last month.

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