The Minister of Health, Julio García Comésana, participated this Wednesday in commemorative acts of the 25th anniversary of the Radiotherapy Oncology Unit of the Hospital Mexoeiro de Vigo, where he highlighted an investment of 7.2 million euros to include eight new high-tech diagnostic imaging . and nuclear medicine equipment.
Commesana values the work of this unit, which he describes as “key” to the history of Galician healthcare in Vigo, because it is “a sample of 25 years of continuous improvement and the Servizo Gallego Hospital de Soude (Surges) Service and Health Service)”.
As the junta said in a statement, the minister highlighted two key periods of equipment renewal, “which put Galician hospitals in general and Mexeiro in particular at the forefront of cancer treatment.”
The first of these came from the collaboration agreement signed with the Amancio Ortega Foundation, which is worth more than 19 million euros. The second process is being carried out between 2022 and 2023 thanks to European funds and the junta’s own funds. “In less than seven years, with these two processes, the Junta incorporated 14 new linear accelerators that will improve Galician public health,” he claimed.
As highlighted by the regional government, the Hospital Maiseiro de Vigo has also benefited from this renovation and expansion of equipment, through a tender for eight high-tech diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine equipment worth more than 7.2 million euros. This tender has been done this year with the help of European funds.
Among other equipment, 3 new CT scans have already been procured, a new magnetic resonance equipment and the refurbishment of PET, which will be replaced by more modern equipment. In addition, this acquisition will be completed with 3 gamma cameras in the coming months.
During his speech, the Minister thanked the service provided by this unit to the whole of the south of Galicia and which has also served as a reference and model to create other radiotherapy oncology units in the community.
In addition, Commesana has highlighted that the works and acquisition of new equipment at the Monticello de Pontevedra Hospital will enable the establishment of a new radiotherapy oncology unit, which will prevent patients from the Pontevedra and O Salnes region to travel to Vigo and Thus reduce the care load of Meixoeiro.