CHUA went to Culatra to talk about Cerebrovascular Accidents and how to avoid them

A stroke screening was carried out among the population of the island

19 children from Escola Básica da Culatra learned more about the “Fast Heroes” project, an educational program based on superheroes that aims to «promote relational skills and the ability to help others, in a playful and fun way», in as part of an awareness-raising campaign promoted by professionals from the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve (CHUA) on this barrier island in the Ria Formosa, on Tuesday, the 28th.

The session aimed at school audiences had the theme “Eating better to grow better”.

The same team also promoted a screening for risk factors for stroke, carried out at the Pavilhão Polidesportivo do Clube União Culatrense, where screenings were carried out on 134 people.

«We are full of heart, since it is the first time that we receive an initiative of this kind», said Sílvia Padinha, president of the Association of Residents of Culatra, who stressed the importance of this first approach of proximity to the most isolated population, who joined in weight to this screening.

According to Ana Paula Fidalgo, coordinator of CHUA's Stroke Unit, «this initiative was a gain in the health of the Algarve and we were able to feel great comfort from the population with the CHUA team in approaching this isolated community».

As the organization explains, «the initiatives are part of the awareness actions promoted by the Portuguese Stroke Society, within the scope of the National Stroke Day, which is marked on the 31st of March, and are being promoted by a group of medical professionals, psychologists, social workers, nurses, therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians, cardiopneumology and neurophysiology technicians and CHUA technical assistants».

This action was attended by Manuel Luís Neves, representing the Mutual Help Group (GAM) from Faro, who "thanked the multidisciplinary team of the Stroke Unit for the excellent work they have done on behalf of stroke patients in the Algarve, referring to the importance of continuing to invest in these initiatives among the population", according to CHUA.

Representing the Board of Directors of CHUA was the executive member Paulo Neves, «who launched the initial challenge to the organization to carry out this initiative on Ilha da Culatra».

This initiative was supported by the Ginásio Clube Naval de Faro, the Associação dos Moradores da Ilha da Culatra, Portugal AVC, Sociedade Portuguesa do AVC, Projeto «Fast Heroes», Farmácia da Penha and the Board of Directors of CHUA, which made this initiative of proximity to the population possible.

This was one of the events in a program launched by CHUA to mark National Stroke Day, which is taking place throughout this week.