“We came across, when he took over the office, an emergency group working in health premises. It has been a long time here where maintenance work has not been carried out and now we have to make a very big effort with the Secretary of Public Works in order to provide dignified conditions for the health premises concerned,” said Clelio Meneses.
The Head of the Ministry of Health of the Provincial Government, of the PSD/CDS-PP/PPM Alliance, spoke at the opening ceremony of the redesign work of the Remédios Health Unit, in the municipality of Ponta Delgada, on the island of São Miguel.
In addition to the redesign of the Remedios health unit, which cost about 45,000 euros, the Regional Secretary of Health said that “investment is being made in other spaces of health centers in various locations in the region”.
The minister stressed that “there is a clear commitment on the part of this government to be as close as possible to the population through services that allow an adequate response to primary care in the respective regions,” noting that “in total, and this year only,” the executive expects spending About 10 million euros on physical spaces in the health district.
In São Miguel, for example, “works will start in the Northeast Health Center” and the project will progress “in the Buffalo Health Center,” while in the Vila Franca do Campo Health Center “new coverage,” as well as in the Health Center of Villas de São Jorge and Lajes de Lajes said pico.
Also in the case of São Miguel, the regional secretary said that the reconstruction work should start “in September” at the Hospital do Divino Espírito Santo, in Ponta Delgada, with a global investment of “about 12 million euros” in the largest health unit. From the Azores, which is “in dire need of business”.
On the other hand, he highlighted the “tremendous effort” the current CEO of Azurian “has put in” in recruiting more health professionals.
“The health unit on the island of São Miguel has hired four other doctors and family doctors to provide close healthcare, and tender processes are underway for 12 general and family medicine doctors. Altogether, with these 12 doctors and others previously appointed, we expect to be About 98% of the population of São Miguel is completely covered by family doctors and close healthcare,” he said.
As for the remodeling work of the health unit at Remedios, which opened today, the regional secretary said they focused on “reconfiguring the roof, floors and panels,” giving “greater health dignity to the users and health professionals who work in the space.”
The health unit, operating in a space provided by the municipality of Ponta Delgada, covers about 2,200 people registered in the area, and covers the population of three parishes.
Clelio Meneses stressed that the remodeling work at the Remedios Health Unit aims to “provide proximity services,” investing “in primary health care and prevention,” adding that the intervention is the result of “the collaboration led by the Ilha Health Unit in São Miguel, with public works and councils.” The three pastorals ‘in the area.
The official stressed that the aforementioned work is a “great example of response” in the health field, as it “means a lot” to users, avoiding travel to other locations for medical and nursing care.
“It is an effort to be made, but it is not an effort to deliver something. The government does nothing. It basically responds to a need in the population in the sense that the Azores is an increasingly healthier region a place where people feel good in their areas.”
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