Warning of "very tough" days ahead

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 06-01-2021 16:16:00 · 4 Comments

The Minister of Health warned on 6 January that Portugal is facing a new "phase of immense pressure" on the National Health Service (SNS) and that the next few days will be "very hard" due to the growth of Covid-19 cases.

"We are again in a phase of immense pressure in the NHS and we are trying to respond, but we need everyone's help," the minister said at the beginning of the vaccination in the Misericórdia de Mora Integrated Continuous Care Unit, Évora.

Marta Temido noted that hospitals have experienced, since the beginning of the pandemic, "moments of great pressure", pointing out that all Portuguese "must understand that avoiding transmission is a way to help the NHS to respond, not only to covid, but to other types of diseases".

According to the government, Portugal is "again facing a growing trend of cases" of infection by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and "the next few days will naturally be very hard" in the country.

Asked by journalists about the lack of professionals in the NHS, the head of the health department stressed that "hospitals have authorisation for all contracts they can make", but noted that "the labour market in the health area, not only the Portuguese, but also others, is very under-resourced".

"On the Ministry of Health's side, our effort continues in the direction of articulation, transfer of patients, opening of communication channels and external contracting, namely conventions with the private", she said.

According to the ruler, the work of her Ministry "is to provide means and support for those in the front line at directorate level".

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It would not be so tough if the Portuguese and Madeiran governments acknowledged and proactively investigated and used ultraviolet blood irradiation to treat COVID patients. UBI has been shown in peer review studies to eliminate all viruses where it has been applied. For months I have tried to get a reply to my call for a phase one clinical trial of this procedure which has been approved by the FDA.

By Roger Coghill from Madeira on 08-01-2021 09:39

So Prime Minister Costa didn't think of the consequences before relaxing the rules for Christmas? He even said that Portugal should be prepared for higher numbers after the holidays.
Don't relax the rules and then complain. So much for protecting the over stretched and underfunded health system.
What a farce.

By Susan from Lisbon on 06-01-2021 10:27

"Very tough" is an understatement. We are reaching a crisis point. The SNS and care sector are understaffed and overworked, and all the front-line workers are under pressure from the growing number of infections and other illnesses and emergencies.
Sending all health and care professionals a message of thanks and support. Stay strong in these trying circumstances!

By Annie from Algarve on 06-01-2021 05:56

It's as expected. The number of tests has increased significantly, hence the outcome and the impact on max. number of positives per municipality. It's called 'manipulation'.

By Ann from Algarve on 06-01-2021 05:31
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