On the occasion, the official mentioned, quoted by Jornal de Angola, that the collaboration between Angola and Portugal in this sector will help in the realization of the referred transplants, having also considered that the Portuguese government consists of a strong ally for the success of this process.
In addition, Sílvia Lutucuta informed that a research program is underway with a Portuguese institute, namely the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge, also adding that, within the scope of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, several doctors are being sent to Lisbon and Porto in order to receive training in specific fields, so that the organ transplant process can take place without enormous constraints, writes Jornal de Angola.
The holder of the Health portfolio, quoted by Jornal de Angola, also made reference to the Instituto Hematológico Pediátrico Dra. Victória do Espírito Santo, informing that a group of professionals is attending an intense training program, with the aim of making better use of the infrastructure.
In addition, according to Jornal de Angola, the minister also made it known that, this year, Angola will have more than 3000 professionals - such as doctors, nurses, diagnostic and therapeutic technicians -, who are specializing in various areas, aiming to reinforce the aforementioned hematological institute.
Sílvia Lutucuta also informed that it is estimated that 18 percent of the population has sickle cell trait and two percent of the population has sickle cell disease.
"The Hematological Institute has the vocation to treat all acquired and congenital hematological diseases such as sickle cell, hematological and onco-hematological anaemia", said the minister, quoted in a note from the Ministry of Health, which VerAngola had access.
Regarding the visit of the Portuguese Minister of Finance, Sílvia Lutucuta considered that it served to reinforce the exchange between the two countries: "We have a very important exchange, especially in the training of staff. The institute is one of the reference units that needs a special attention when it comes to training and assistance and we will continue to collaborate with the Portuguese government", he said.
Fernando Medina, adds the note, was impressed with the infrastructure. "It was a very significant visit and I was in fact very impressed with this work. It is a great achievement of the Angolan Government and the Ministry of Health", said Fernando Medina, who, quoted in the statement from the ministry, also highlighted the fact that it was a a reference unit in a very sensitive field related to the treatment of children.
The visit was also witnessed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mota-Engil, António Mota, the company responsible for building the aforementioned institute.
Remember that the institute was inaugurated on March 2nd last year, by João Lourenço, President of the Republic.
"The institute was designed to respond to diseases of hematological origin, such as sickle cell anemia, acute and chronic leukemia and lymphomas in pediatrics", also having "a component of pediatric hemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant center", reads the note.