The COVID-19 Gala of the Invisibles recognises the work of professional groups, associations, organisations and institutions during the pandemic

Jan 13, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

More than 1,500 people attended the Gala, hosted by the doctor Jaume Gomila and the journalist Araceli Bosch.

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The COVID-19 Gala of the Invisibles

The Palma Conference Centre today hosted the COVID-19 Invisibles Gala, organised by the Balearic Islands Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs to recognise the work of 52 professional groups, associations, organisations and institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic that began in March 2020. A total of 237 representatives from each recognised field took to the stage to collect the mandatory recognition. The event was attended by the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, and the Regional Minister of Health and Consumer Affairs, Patricia Gómez.

More than 1,500 people attended the Gala, which was held in Palma’s Palacio de Congresos, hosted by the doctor Jaume Gomila and the journalist Araceli Bosch, and which featured a performance by the Tot Cor choir. Among the participants in the celebration were numerous authorities from the Balearic Islands, including Vicenç Thomàs, President of the Parliament; Mercedes Garrido, Councillor of the Presidency, Public Function and Equality; Rosario Sánchez, Councillor of Finance and Foreign Relations, and Fina Santiago, Councillor of Social Affairs and Sports, among other authorities.

For her part, the councillor for Health and Consumer Affairs thanked those present for all the effort and resilience of the citizens, especially the hundreds of professionals in the Balearic Islands who have made it possible to provide an effective response to a very adverse situation and mitigate the effects of the pandemic in our community. “The workers demonstrated commendable flexibility and capacity to adapt. As a society we can be very proud of this work, of this awareness of public service and of having professionals like the ones we have in the Balearic Islands, who are exceptional and always up to the task,” he said.


The Gala recognised the work of more than 200 professionals, organisations and associations that, in one way or another, provided services to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the workers recognised were employees of the Directorate General for Public Health and Participation; the Directorate General for Health Research, Training and Accreditation; the Balearic Islands Health Research Institute (IdISBa); the Directorate General for Benefits and Pharmacy; the Directorate General for Consumer Affairs; and the Secretary General’s Office of the Regional Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs. Professionals from the Blood and Tissue Bank of the Balearic Islands, the Regional Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, the Regional Ministry of Social Affairs and Sports, the Majorcan Institute of Social Affairs (IMAS), as well as the councils of Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera and the various town councils of the islands also received recognition.

The work of workers from all areas of the Balearic Islands’ public, private and subsidised hospitals, primary care, SAMU 061 and the central services of the Health Service were also recognised.

In addition, the COVID-19 Gala of the Invisibles also wished to acknowledge the work of up to 13 professional associations in the community – all in the field of healthcare – representatives of the Community Lawyers’ Office, the General Directorate of Emergencies, municipal and state security forces (local police, National Police, Civil Guard and the General Command of the Balearic Islands).

On the part of civil society, recognition was given to the Deixalles Foundation, the Pitiüsa Pro Mental Health Association (APFEEM), the Balearic Association for the Support and Accompaniment of the Sick, the La Nostra Veu association, Proyecto Hombre, as well as the mathematician and publicist Daniel Ruiz.