Vila Real de Santo António transformed the João Ilídio Setúbal Pavilion, next to the Health Centre, into a Population Support Zone (ZAP) to respond to the needs of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This structure "will allow to accommodate specific groups that need to remain in isolation and accommodate people who are already contaminated with Covid-19 (or are suspected of contamination), thus preventing the infection of family members and the rest of the population", explains the Chamber of VRSA .
The equipment has 85 beds in proper hygiene and safety conditions, with separation of areas and their own dirty and clean circuits, in order to avoid sources of contagion.
The provision of the site was in charge of the municipality of VRSA, through the donation of various materials - such as sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, chairs, tables, among others - by the employees of the City Council, entrepreneurs and the community in general, having subsequently handed over to the Local Health Authority.
All actions of cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting the space, surveillance and supply of meals will be the responsibility of the Municipality.
The choice of the Pavilion to be the ZAP was due both to its proximity to the Health Center and to the fact that it has enough area for the placement of beds in which the minimum safety distance is respected.
The existence of showers and toilets in sufficient number to allow the hygiene of patients and medical and auxiliary staff separately was also taken into account.
Finally, both the easy access of ambulances and health professionals to the site, as well as the fact that the floor and walls are washable, also weighed in the decision.
Os 16 municipalities in the Algarve have Population Support Zones already outlined for combating Covid-19.