LISBON: Cristiano Ronaldo and soccer agent Jorge Mendes joined forces on Tuesday to donate lifesaving gear to Portuguese hospitals struggling to deal with sufferers with coronavirus.
The 2 will donate gear for 2 wards at Lisbon’s Santa Maria hospital, offering the wards with 10 beds every, ventilators, coronary heart displays, infusion pumps and syringes, the hospital stated in a press release.
In Porto, the nation’s second greatest metropolis, the Portuguese pair will equip one ward on the Santo Antonio hospital with 15 intensive care beds, much-needed ventilators, displays and different gear. The three wards will likely be named after the boys.
“We want to thank Ronaldo and Mendes for the initiative, which is so useful at the time the country needs everyone so much,” Paulo Barbosa, president of Santo Antonio’s administrative council, stated in a press release.
Although Portugal has solely reported 2,362 coronavirus instances and 29 deaths, far fewer than in Italy and Spain, the nation’s well being system is already beneath strain.
Throughout an interview with TVI tv on Monday, Prime Minister Antonio Costa stated the nation’s public hospitals have 1,142 ventilators and personal hospitals have an additional 250.
To deal with the disaster, the federal government purchased 500 ventilators and 4 million masks from China.
“We (the health system) will never lose control of the situation,” Costa stated.
Nevertheless, well being professionals on the bottom have expressed doubts, particularly on the lack of protecting gear.
On Monday, the nation’s medical affiliation – Ordem dos Médicos – warned Portuguese hospitals lack masks, gloves and protecting visors.
The nurses’ affiliation – Ordem dos Enfermeiros – echoed docs’ issues and stated some nurses are utilizing swimming goggles to guard themselves.
Of these contaminated up to now, 165 are well being staff, in keeping with the nation’s well being secretary of state Antonio Gross sales. Portugal declared a state of emergency on Wednesday with restrictions on individuals’s actions.