Lagos supports CHUA with 413 thousand euros to improve areas of ophthalmology and imaging

The largest portion of the budget is earmarked for the implementation of an Ophthalmology Reference Center at Terras do Infante Hospital

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The Lagos City Council approved the allocation of 413 thousand euros to the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve (CHUA) with the objective of helping to improve the conditions for the provision of health care in the areas of ophthalmology and imaging.

The largest portion of this sum (333 thousand euros) is intended for the implementation of an Ophthalmology Reference Center at the Terras do Infante Hospital, in Lagos. The remaining amount (80 euros) will go towards providing this hospital unit with high-definition digital ultrasound equipment and, in this way, expanding the range of responses in terms of Gynecology/Obstetrics consultations and examinations, differentiating techniques and therapies in the area of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as increasing the offer in the field of imaging, with the benefit of diagnoses in general.

Lagos' financial contribution represents 37% of the investment value, in goods and equipment, necessary for the functioning of the Reference Centre.

This was a decision preceded by the discussion of the matter at the headquarters of the Intermunicipal Council of AMAL and the Board of Directors of the Association of Municipalities Terras do Infante, where proposals were presented for the distribution of the responsibilities among the municipalities of the region, since this new response is intended to aim to serve the generality of users and not just those in the municipality where the Hospital Unit is located.

The National Health Service will ensure a multidisciplinary team made up of ophthalmologists, nurses, orthoptic technicians, administrative staff and operational assistants dedicated exclusively to the new Ophthalmology Reference Centre.

The team proposes to carry out, annually, 9500 consultations and between 2500 and 2800 surgeries.

«An effort that aims to combat the waiting lists for this specialty in the region - which currently have around 10800 patients on the waiting list for consultation and 1650 patients awaiting surgery -, avoid the regular travel of patients to more distant hospital centers and /or the use of private sector institutions, simultaneously making collaboration with the CHUA more appealing to health professionals», explains the Municipality of Lagos in a note.