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3D visors arrive at the children's hospital in Luanda

Doctors and nurses at the children's hospital in Luanda are already using 3D visors designed to help fight the covid-19 pandemic, but they are defending against many other diseases in addition to the infection of the new coronavirus.

: Ampe Rogério/Lusa
Ampe Rogério/Lusa  

Margarida Correia, clinical director of David Bernardino hospital, told Lusa that priority will be given to the distribution of screening and emergency services, as well as to the points of greatest contact with users.

"At the screening points, this is a material that is indispensable and these visors will be an added value in approaching our patients," the doctor stressed, indicating that they will be distributed to the two screening points, the office for approaching respiratory disease and the outpatient emergency consultation.

She pointed out that this is also a hospital with different characteristics from the others: "we have the child and the companion and the risk is much greater".

The hospital was one of the units benefited this week with the 3D visors produced by a group of volunteers who mobilized to help fight covid-19.

Although the visors have gained more visibility in recent times due to the pandemic, the paediatrician considers that they are always necessary protective devices, especially in the "first line approach to users" to avoid infection risks.

The country, she noted, has even been prepared to deal with pandemic situations such as that which happened about three years ago at the time of Ebola , but Margarida Correia admits that covid-19 "took everyone by surprise".

"At this time, when we need to be protected all day long, [the demand] has exceeded demand," she said.

The university hospital has 450 beds and makes "about 300 observations a day," although outpatient consultations are currently limited due to covid-19.

In addition to the care and preventive part, the hospital has a training component, and the clinical staff consists of 120 physicians, including pediatricians, surgeons and anesthesiologists and 100 pediatric interns.

Angola has so far registered 24 positive cases of infection with the new coronavirus.


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