Today, we recognise 2 maintenance partners who are on the front line, Sebastián Corrales and Víctor Manuel Lorenzo. There are conversations for which you are never prepared. Since the beginning of the pandemic, they have been working in different hospitals in Madrid and seeing what does not reach the rest of us on television. After speaking with them, this text wrote itself.
Talking to you has been an experience that I will not forget. Your experiences of these last few weeks working in hospitals, within ICUs, shoulder to shoulder with doctors and patients still make me rub my eyes and want all this to be just a bad dream.
Your story made me think back to the previous night, when I was finally able to watch the film "1917". It is the story of a normal and vulnerable man, determined due to his conscience to fulfil a mission and defined by loyalty to his principles. A man willing to risk his life for something bigger than him. And yet he is an anonymous hero, one head in the midst of the masses of soldiers who fill the trenches of the battlefield.
You told me that for the first few days you could not sleep and you felt pressure in your chest. But one day, seeing doctors and nurses fight to save lives, you told yourself: "If they can work under these conditions, why can't I?
You proudly told me that you had to work because Elecnor can't stop, and definitely when we can help save lives by building new ICUs in operating theatres that are no longer functioning. That is what Elecnor veterans have always passed down to us, that famous Elecnor DNA, always fulfilling commitments and overcoming difficulties.
I'm glad you're already seeing that hospitals are less crowded and that you can now work more peacefully.
Sebas, Victor, good people are like candles, they burn to give light to others.
Elecnor in Cameroon participates in projects for the construction of substations and high-voltage lines in the capital, Yaoundé, in addition to carrying out electromechanical work in the country's largest hydroelectric power plant, CH Nachtigal. This 420 MW plant is located 65 km from the capital, where we have our main office.
We have a young team of Cameroonians, Spaniards, Brazilians, Mexicans and Argentines, among other nationalities. They are still giving it their all, and at the moment are working normally. It has been several weeks since the measures were implemented by the Elecnor Group's contingency plan. They tell us that they have secured good reserves of PPE to protect themselves from COVID-19, but it has involved a lot of effort.
Our colleague Pamela Chico, responsible for occupational health and safety in the country, tells us that the team is very aware and prepared for if and when circumstances become more complicated.
Antonio Rodríguez Alonso and José Miguel Vetas belong to the CP of Water Central Division and are responsible for guaranteeing the supply of the Isabel II Canal in Madrid. These facilities date back to 1858, have a distribution network of 17,601 km and a sanitation network of 15,083 km.
They have been working for a long time. Antonio tells us: "Right now, maintenance has stopped, but we are managing water failures and as long as our help is important and essential, we will be there where we are needed."
"It is at this very difficult time that we must use all our strength, and ensure that the water service does not stop." We are fully covered with PPE, they have even provided us with military masks, which are the most protective and therefore expose you to a lower risk," Antonio adds.
"The most important thing at the moment: keep your spirits up and push forward."