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Sat, 17 Oct 2020 15:39 - Updated Sat, 17 Oct 2020 15:40

Lunda Sul gains two reference hospitals

Saurimo - The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, inaugurated this Saturday, in the city of Saurimo, the General Hospital and the Provincial Maternity of Lunda Sul, with specialized and complementary services.

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Lunda Sul: Camas no Interior da Maternidade Provincial da Lunda Sul

Photo: Francisco Miúdo

Lunda Sul: Provincial maternity of Lunda Sul

Photo: Francisco Miúdo

Lunda Sul gains two reference hospitals

The two health units, with capacity for 150 beds each, were built from scratch, within the scope of China's financing line and are budgeted at USD 68 million (USD 34 million each).

After the ribbon cutting and unveiling of the plaque, President João Lourenço took a guided tour of the two infrastructures, located in the districts of Candembe and Txizainga II, on the outskirts of the city of Saurimo.

The works of the two hospitals, equipped with the latest technology, began in 2012, but were paralysed for three years and resumed in 2018.

Built in an area of 45,080 metres, the undertakings include telemedicine services and operating rooms with the capacity to carry out three surgeries simultaneously.

The Lunda Sul General Hospital workforce is made up of 479 professionals, including doctors, nurses, diagnostic technicians, therapists, hospital and administrative support staff.

To strengthen this unit, 61 professionals were admitted to the 2019 public tender.

Lunda Sul General Hospital has services in general medicine, surgery, paediatrics, gynaecology, obstetrics, orthopaedics, imaging (CT, X-ray and ultrasound), physiotherapy, stomatology, ophthalmology, urology and electrocardiography.

It comprises three laboratories, an equal number of operating rooms, five intensive care units, six emergency rooms, morgue, conference room and a car park for 24 vehicles.

In the Maternity Hospital, the workforce is made up of 350 professionals, including doctors, nurses, diagnostic technicians, therapists and hospital and administrative support staff.

The same unit has an intensive care unit, emergency services, neonatology, haemotherapy, operating theatre, blood bank, morgue, obstetrics and gynaecology specialities.

Of the beds available in this maternity ward, 54 are in obstetrics, the same number in gynaecology, seven in intensive care and the rest in other services.

The maternity ward offers innovations such as haemotherapy, mammography, ultrasound, ultrasound, X-ray, cardiology and neonatology.

The neonatology area has 10 nurseries, 12 incubators and six warm-up cots, to attend babies who need special care.

Oxygen factory

In order to facilitate the proper functioning of these hospital units, the Ministry of Health financed the construction of an oxygen factory, located on the site of the new Maternity Hospital.

Speaking to ANGOP, the director of the provincial health office in Lunda Sul, Viegas de Almeida, said that the aim was to avoid demand for the product, which was essential for the hospitals to operate effectively, and to support neighbouring provinces.

According to the director, the entry into operation of the two health units is a big gain for the sector in the east, taking into account the skills that each of them offers.

He pointed out that the operating theatres are a response to the difficulties they faced, since the province had only one.

He said that, with these conditions, health professionals would have to give priority to more humanized services.

Human Resources

With the entry into operation of the two infrastructures, the province has been strengthened with 67 recently admitted health professionals, including doctors, nurses and diagnostic technicians.

Lunda Sul province has 103 health units, including hospitals, centres and health posts, 80 doctors, including four expatriates; 874 nurses and 138 diagnostic technicians.

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