Faro Paediatric department

Italian pensioners deliver €20,000-worth of protective equipment to Algarve health institutions

A group of Italian pensioners living in the Algarve and calling themselves ‘Pensionati Italiani in Portogallo’ have delivered €20,000-worth of protective equipment to several public health institutions in the region.

Throughout the last month, a total of 8,000 surgical masks, 750 FFP2 professional masks, 650 protective coats, 120 full surgical suits with hoods, 200 anti-fog acrylic masks and 10 infrared thermometers were delivered to Faro Hospital’s Surgery, Paediatric and Neonatology departments as well as the Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António health centres.

The project was launched around a month ago in a bid to “help Portuguese health centres heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic”, group representative Mike Tussis told the Resident.

In just a few days, around 200 members of the group raised an impressive €20,000 to purchase a variety of protective equipment.

“All the health centres gave us a list of the protective equipment which was needed the most, so we started contacting some of the Portuguese suppliers to get hold of the products required, which was not easy at all due to the lack of supplies during this critical time,” Tussis told us.

“The gratitude of all the health professionals has been really touching and we believe it will certainly help the health sector in this very delicate moment.”

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Vila Real de Santo António Health Centre

Faro Paediatric department