“I am more and more convinced that we are in that phase of development of Madeira that defines it as the 'singapurization of the Atlantic'”, said Pedro Ramos, in statements at the opening of a room equipped with 5G signal at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, in Funchal.

The official pointed out that the region has about 250,000 inhabitants, while Singapore has six million, but he noted that Madeira is larger in terms of geographic area and noted that “those who knew Singapore 40, 50 years ago know that Singapore was not what it is now."

“Therefore, there is a path and this ambition cannot be considered disproportionate and can be achieved by all of us”, he stressed.

“Madeira is a safe region for the whole world, healthy, where we will have the ambition to also create scientific poles, economic poles, financial poles and we want more people to come here”, reinforced the regional secretary for health, of the Madeiran government of PSD/CDS-PP coalition.

Enumerating some of the phases that Madeira has gone through over its 600 years of history, Pedro Ramos highlighted that, currently, the region is in the digital transition phase, which will bring benefits to the health area.

The official also stressed that the new Central and University Hospital of Madeira “will be a reality within five to six years” and will be equipped with the 5G network.

However, he admitted, “there will probably be some mishaps”, motivated by the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.