Arenal de Xàbia beach has long ceased to be only a tourist and seasonal center. Yes, it gives birth to babies in the summer, but it also has a remarkably fixed population in the winter. More than 3,000 residents (a full-fledged town) live in Arenal throughout the year, where new housing developments continue to be built. Thus, the summer and Easter auxiliary medical office of the health concession company Marina Salud (now Ribera Salud) in Marina Alta is already too little to meet the health needs of Arenal and the urbanization of the southern region of Zabia.
The plenary session this afternoon will approve an institutional declaration already approved by the local government of the PSPV and the Ciudadanos de Zabia and the opposition (PP, Compromís and Ciudadanos), requiring Ribera Salud to keep offices open throughout the year and requiring the Department of Health it occurs. who build a health center on Arenal beach (it will be the third in Zabia). The council tries to make the land available to the department as soon as possible. This third health center should have a radiology unit, as the urban center and the Duan de la Mar (port) do not have the space to install the necessary equipment.
The third health center should have a radiology unit, as the urban center and Duan de la Mar do not have the space to install the necessary equipment.
So, the ultimate objective is the new health center. Meanwhile, Zabia wishes for the office to operate all year round due to “proximity criteria, quality of care and medical decentralization”.
The institutional statement specifies that the Medical Assistant Office was opened in the summer of 2016. The city council provided the prefabricated modules and all the necessary infrastructure for its implementation. Municipal expenses exceeded 50,000 euros. In 2022, the practice also held services on Holy Week and Easter. This sanitary reinforcement is not provided throughout the year, which means “ignoring the demographic reality of the urban center of Arenal, where about 3,000 inhabitants live.”