THERE is a growing need for Elche City to have two SAMU Urgent Care Service ambulances all year round.
Since the month of July, Elche has lost one ambulance which went to Santa Pola to deal with the increase in the tourist population, but it has still spent half of its time in the city dealing with incidents as the other ambulance was in use.
The ambulance, known as ‘Dama 2’ and based in the resort during the summer, carried out 110 primary care services in July. Of these 46 per cent were in Elche, forcing the SAMU to travel the 15 kilometres between the two municipalities to provide assistance. These two vehicles must also serve Aspe, Hondon de las Nieves and Hondon de los Frailes, up to 30 kilometres away.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends an emergency vehicle for every 120,000 habitants and based on data from the National Institute of Statistics, there are a total of 312,486 residents in these municipalities of Elche, meaning there should be three SAMU ambulances.