By Deirdre Tynan • 01 June 2021 • 11:04
Officials and staff at the Public Health Laboratory serving the Balearic Islands.
Image: Government of the Balearic Islands
The Government of the Balearic Islands has invested 1.7 million euros in the renovation of the busy Public Health Laboratory which analyses thousands of water and food samples every year.
The President of the Government, Francina Armengol, and the Minister of Health and Consumer Affairs, Patricia Gómez, visited the facilities on May 31. The lab employees twenty professionals who produce around 1,400 reports and conduct 30,000 tests on 5,000 samples annually. The lab is located in Carrer de la Concepcio in Palma.
The President and Minister were accompanied by the general director of Public Health, Maria Antonia Font, and the head of service of Public Health Laboratories, Begona Sagardia.
President Armengol thanked the laboratory’s staff for their dedication. “It has been a year of COVID-19, but we did not leave out what was essential. We started working on this in the last legislature and it is now a reality today, with the priority of having adequate infrastructure and technologies at all levels,” she said.
The lab’s main function is to respond to requests for chemical and microbiological analyses of water and food samples sent by inspection services within the framework of the annual campaigns of the Environmental Health and Food Safety and Nutrition services.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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