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By Rodrigo Araújo*

PORTUGAL – As in the case of Amazonas, the Government of Portugal is already studying the possibility of transferring patients from Covid-19 to other countries. According to the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, the Government is “activating all the mechanisms it has, namely in the international framework, to guarantee better assistance to users (patients)”, said Marta Temido, in an interview with the Portuguese television network RTP.

Marta guaranteed that there is enough structure in the country, but revealed that the great difficulty lies in finding health professionals at this time of the peak of the pandemic. “We have beds available, the which we are unable to manage yet are human resources”, he admits. Twenty-two thousand health professionals have been infected with the new coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal.

The minister considered that Portugal, geographically, has a “different situation” from other countries in central Europe, where, even in a normal situation, aspects such as the cross-border movement of patients already happen as a simple reality. “We are at the end of a peninsula and, therefore, with greater geographical constraints. But, in any case, there are mechanisms and there are ways to get help and to frame forms of collaboration”, he admitted, considering that it is necessary to be “aware that the European situation is all of the concern”.

In the same interview, the Minister of Health also mentioned that, within the scope of the National Health Service, there are about 5600 people hospitalized by Covid-19 and more than 760 in intensive care units, a reality “imaginable” in the context of “plans of public hospitals’ catastrophe.

Portugal recorded another 252 deaths from Covid-19 and 6923 new cases of infection on Sunday, 24, according to the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) on Monday, 25.

(*) Special collaboration for CENARIUM MAGAZINE