Two new ambulances have been delivered to Querença and Benafim in Loulé, after a fundraising campaign by the Bemequer Association, a social association, boosted by financial support from Loulé Câmara.
According to Manuel dos Santos Viegas, president of the Junta of Querença, “both freguesias will be helped by these vehicles. They will provide an essential service to the local population.”
Speaking at the official ceremony to celebrate delivery of the vehicles, Loulé Câmara President, Seruca Emídio, said: “This is another initiative aimed at improving healthcare in the concelho”. Emídio, who has made healthcare one of his main priorities since he took office, emphasised some of the other good news for potential patients in the area.
This included the construction of the Central Hospital of the Algarve and the renovation of Loulé Hospital, which Emídio referred to as “a unique initiative in the country. A public entity, a company and a church have united in their efforts to revitalise a building and create new health services for the Loulé population”. The câmara president went on to emphasise his continued commitment to improving health services, commented on projects such as the Mobile Health Unit, which visits patients who live in the far reaches of the concelho, and the new Health Centre in Ameixial. He added: “Despite the hard work of the municipal Bombeiros, there is a shortage of ambulances in the area. This has now been helped with the arrival of these two vehicles”.