Cartama medical centre a health risk, nurses claim

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MALAGA’S Satse nursing union has declared that Cartama health centre is unsafe and a health risk, and demanded urgent work is done to clean it up.
Cockroaches, leaky ceilings full of holes, fetid liquid oozing up between floor tiles, cables and pipes hanging from walls and a lack of emergency exits are on the list of problems reported by Maria Teresa Polaino, Satse’s Guadalhorce area representative.
The union has requested urgent measures from Malaga health department and also sent a letter to Cartama Council requesting an inspection, Polaino explained.
Back in 2009 the state of the health centre was discussed and a project to build a new one in the Huerta Primera area approved. Yet prices increased and the Junta de Andalucia regional government was only prepared to provide €250,000 for a project expected to cost more than €1 million, Mayor Jorge Gallardo explained.
As the village was unable to meet the costs, and the Junta’s offer ran out after two years, Gallardo explained he had been asking the regional government to at least carry out renovations ever since to no avail.
“It’s probably the oldest centre in Malaga Province,” the mayor complained.
Malaga health department sources responded that technicians were sent recently to solve leakage problems but the department was unaware of the presence of cockroaches and other matters, and claimed that the department had been looking for a new location for the centre for some time.

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